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City Working Horses Require More than Enrichment

Do horses belong in traffic on busy streets of cities like Chicago? Aside from some cities allegedly working the horses too often and in weather that is too hot or too cold, and regularly breathing in exhaust fumes, according to a recent study, horses show behavioral signs of poor welfare while housed in box stalls,…

Preventing Animal Cruelty and Torture Act Closer to Becoming Law

The Senate has now unanimously passed a bill that supports animal cruelty as a federal felony called The PACT Act — which stands for Preventing Animal Cruelty and Torture. The bipartisan legislation, passed the House in October expands a previous law passed in 2010 and closes various loopholes and factors that weren’t a consideration nine years…

Fighting Domestic Violence and Violence to Pets

October is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month and Danielle Behan of Purina explains why this matters regarding pets HERE on my WGN Radio Steve Dale’s Pet World show. Sadly, when there’s domestic violence, pets are often the first victims. And the perpetrator will typically continue to threaten harming the pet,  Indeed at least 70 percent…

PACT Act to Prevent Animal Cruelty Discussed on WGN Radio

Like lots of laws, once passed there are unintended loopholes and that turns out to be the case regarding animal cruelty, which is now by definition a felony. The problem is  interstate distribution of animal fighting videos or other materials, until now, skirted the law. U.S. Representative Rep. Dan Lipinkski (D-IL-03) co-sponsored and helped to…

Bring Luna the Coyote Home; Domestic Violence and Pets on WGN Radio

For those who haven’t followed the story of Tomi Trancheta and her four coyotes, Tomi offers an update on the lone surviving coyote, named Luna, on my WGN Radio Steve Dale’s Pet World show. Listen HERE as Tomi and I first explain that he animals, which she had proper licensing and rescued from a very…

Fire Protection for Pets Law Passes in Illinois

Illinois is now the first state to mandate fire protection for pets in kennels/boarding facilities. Kennels now will require a fire alarm system ringing directly to first responders, a sprinkler system or a human being on premises.  This signing was the fifth bill I’ve been invited to a signing for in Illinois, but the first…

Animal Cruelty Charges; Officials Rescue 73 Terriers

Two Ontario County, New York residents have been charged with animal cruelty after officials seized 73 small Cairn Terrier-type dogs. Officials said Humane Society workers were dispatched to a home on Lawyer Road in Naples, NY a report of dogs running in the road. Officials responded to the home a second time the following day,…

Virginia Passes Animal Cruelty Law to Support Felony Animal Cruelty Charges

A animal cruelty law passed by Virginia’s legislature and signed by Gov. Ralph Northam stiffens the penalty for animal cruelty, and just went into effect. The law, also referred to as “Tommie’s Law” is named a dog dog that died after be being tied to a pole and set on fire. That’s as horrific as…

You’re Invited to Free Animal Behaviour Society Event

Dr. Terri Bright, director of the Behavior Department at MSPCA-Angell, about The 56th Annual Conference of ABS (Animal Behaviour Society) and joint meeting with the Ethological Congress, a conference coming to Chicago as part of the ABS Annual Meeting and FREE PUBLIC DAY. The Animal Behaviour Society free event is Saturday, July 27, 9:00AM-1:00 PM…

Trainer and Owner Charged with 28 Counts in Kennel Fire in West Chicago

When about 30 dogs were killed in a fire in West Chicago at Bully Life Animal Services (formerly D and D Kennels),  2N442 County Farm Road on January 14, 2019, instantly much of the animal welfare community came together to support the facility’s trainer, caretaker and business owner Garrett Mercado. I admit I was among…

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