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Alderman Lopez: Wants a Humane Chicago

The Poop Patrol with Alderman Ray Lopez (15th ward) on WGN Radio. Listen HERE on Steve Dale’s Pet World as he expresses his concerns about the new proposed pick up the backyard poop ordinance….but first – The Blue Buffalo Company gifted $6 million for the Clinical Trials Office at The Ohio State University College of Veterinary…

Steve Dale Makes Rat News

Rats have thrived for eons, and may continue to long past humans are around just because they are pretty smart, and very adaptable. Rats will eat just about everything. Having said that, even rats have their preferences. It’s turns out that, though rats will eat dog feces, they need to be pretty hungry in order…

National Pet Week

There are more dogs and cats than children in America. At least so far, no politician has forced Americans to own a pet (though that wouldn’t be a bad idea). So, despite the responsibility and the costs – millions choose to share their lives with one or more companion animals. And the bond they share…

Feral Cats and Rats: John Kass Has a Plan

Chicago Tribune superstar columnist John Kass and I debate on the topic of feral or community cats, as Kass calls me a feral cat denier. And calls my columns refuting his fiction “pithy.” HEAR my conversation with John Kass on the WGN Plus The Chicago Way (my conversation with Mr. Kass kicks off at 22:30) Kass…

Urban Myth About Dog Feces and Rats

Chicago has won the rat race, named by Orkin (the pest control folks) as the rattiest city in America. And to Mayor Emanuel’s credit, he wants to do something about it. It’s important, this is a public health issue. However, according to various experts – what I’ve been saying for years – dog feces is…

Chicago Has a Rat Problem, But This is NO Solution

Ignorant might be the best word used to describe the proposal by Alderman Carol Rameriz-Rosa (35) and Mayor Rahm Emanuel to deal with the city’s rat problem is to fine people ($50 to $500) for not picking up after dogs in back yards, on their own private property. The assumption is that rats like to…

Chicago Plans To Fine Dog Owners Who Don't Pick Up in Their Own Yards

I am FOR people picking up after their dogs, scooping the poop on their own property and anywhere the dog deposits. However, the proposal from Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Alderman Carlos Rameriz-Rosa (35th ward) support fining people $50 to $500 for not picking up after their own dogs. The contention is that the rat poop…

Responsible Pet Owners Month

February is responsible Pet Owners Month. But what does that mean exactly. Listen HERE to my conversation with Dr. Nancy Soares, incoming president of the American Animal Hospital Association from my national Steve Dale’s Pet World radio show. We chat about choosing the right pet for your family, and talking about the idea about having…

Bad Science: Cats Do NOT Cause Schizophrenia

A report hits the news that cats cause an increased risk schizophrenia in people. According to this most recent study, published in Schizophrenia Research, , children exposed to cats at a young age are at higher risk of developing schizophrenia. This study and others target a parasite Toxoplasma gondii as the culprit – which cats can carry. These studies are…

Community Cats, Feral Cat: They're Rat Hunters

Community cats should be paid attention to, in my opinion….for SO many reasons, humane reasons at the top of the list. Feral or not, a cat is a cat, and Anne Beall, author of “Community Cats: A Journey Into the World of Feral Cats” agrees, and she has researched these cats. She talks about that…

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