State legislators in New Mexico are floating a bill that would create a special tax on pet food, the Santa Fe New Mexican reports.
The goal of the bill from Reps. Debbie Rodella and Carl Trujillo, both Democrats, is to help pay for spaying and neutering for cats and dogs.
Commercial pet food registration fees would increase to $100 per label from the current $2 per label. The change would raise more than $800,000 a year.
The newspapers notes that chicken-based cat food is an example of a label. Another variety of food from the same firm would be deemed as another label.
Robert Likins of the Pet Industry Joint Advisory Council was quoted opposing the legislation. He said it would "disproportionately punish smaller businesses and less wealthy pet owners that are less able to absorb the cost."
The American Kennel Club (AKC®), the world's largest purebred dog registry and leading advocate for dogs, announced today that the Nederlandse Kooikerhondje and the Grand Basset Griffon Vendeen (GBGV) received full recognition, bringing the total number of AKC-recognized breeds to 192.
"We're excited to welcome these two breeds into the AKC family," said AKC Executive Secretary, Gina DiNardo. "These are two very different dogs – a duck hunter and a scent hound – and they make wonderful companions for a variety of people. It's important for prospective dog owners to do their research to find the right breed for their lifestyle, and visiting www.akc.org is a great way to start."
Joining the Sporting Group, the Nederlandse Kooikerhondje – pronounced Netherlands-e Coy-ker-hond-tsje – is a spaniel-type dog that originated hundreds of years ago in Europe as a duck hunter. The breed was also a favorite of Dutch nobility. These are energetic, friendly and alert dogs that are ready for work. They have a moderate activity level, needing regular mental and physical activity to be happy. Their medium-length coat requires weekly brushing to keep it free of tangles.
The Grand Basset Griffon Vendeen (GBGV) – pronounced Grahnd Bah-SAY Grif-FON Vahn-DAY-ahn – joins the Hound Group. Bred as a rabbit and hare hunter in France, the GBGV has a great deal of stamina and speed. The GBGV is a laidback, intelligent, friendly pack hound that gets along well with other dogs. These dogs are courageous and passionate workers with a high activity level. They need daily vigorous exercise. The GBGV's coat is rough and straight, and looks tousled and natural. It does need weekly brushing to prevent it from matting.
Both breeds became eligible to compete in their respective groups on January 1, 2018.
To become an AKC recognized breed there must be a minimum number of dogs geographically distributed throughout the U.S., as well as an established breed club of responsible owners and breeders. Breeds working towards full recognition are recorded in AKC's Foundation Stock Service® (FSS®). Additional information on the process can be found at akc.org.
Saginaw County Animal Control officers got little sleep and nearly suffered hypothermia Friday as they slept outside overnight to bring awareness to what animals endure in the cold.
"Maybe next time we'll do a different experience, maybe a hot vehicle," Saginaw County Animal Control officer Anthony Trevino said, laughing. "If I did it again, maybe not as long, because it was quite brutal."
Each of the three officers had to endure different conditions Friday, Jan. 12, from 6 p.m. until 8 a.m. the following day, at Apple Mountain.
Trish Barnes slept in a dog house with blankets and a chain around her neck, Joaquin Guerrero slept in a dog house with straw and Trevino slept with no shelter.
Barnes tapped out around 9:30 p.m., as the heavy chain around her neck not only wore on her muscles but also brought additional cold, Trevino said.
Trevino and Guerrero made it through the entire time. Trevino had a close call around 6 a.m., when his body temperature was recorded at 95.6 degrees, or just barely above levels of hypothermia.
That temperature reading came after he slept for about an hour -- the only sleep he got overnight, he said. He awoke with stiff muscles and sore bones.
"I was probably at an eight or nine pain level," he said. "My body was ready to give up on me." With just two hours left, Trevino decided he'd stick it out. He started walking around to get his body temperature back up. The low overnight was 11 degrees.
As important as it is to give dogs an appropriate outdoor shelter, Trevino said the experiment also showed the importance of not tethering dogs with heavy, metal chains and making sure dogs have enough leash to run around and raise their body temperature.
Should a dog be outdoors, Trevino said a dog house with fresh straw in and out of the shelter should be provided, as well as a heated water dish, so the liquids don't freeze.
The experiment was a group effort between Saginaw Animal Care and Control, Project Underdog and Destination Imagination.
Fifth-graders from Hemmeter Elementary recorded the officers' heart rate, temperature and other data every 30 minutes, said Josh Brown, team manager for Destination Imagination. The data will be compiled to let the public know what temperatures are unbearable and the rate at which it happens.
Trevino got home Saturday morning around 9 a.m. and said he's looking forward to a good day's rest. "I'm sore, exhausted and ready to sleep in a warm bed," he said.
At a Jan. 2 meeting, the Altus City Council approved amendments to the City Code of Ordinances at the recommendation of the Altus Animal Welfare Committee. The amendments create a surrender fee for animals brought to Animal Control. Individuals surrendering an animal defined as altered — spayed or neutered — can expect a $20 fee, while those surrendering an unaltered animal can expect to pay a $40 fee.
In a prepared statement, Altus Animal Control said the surrender fees are meant to encourage pet owners to find alternative homes for pets before considering turning them in at Altus Animal Shelter. There are also revisions to the licensing program for cats and dogs. Altered animals qualify for an “A” license without a fee, but unaltered animals are classified under a “B” license that must be renewed annually for a $50 fee.
To obtain a license, the pet owner must present a current rabies vaccination certificate and documentation verifying alteration issued by a licensed veterinarian. Licenses can be obtained from the Animal Control Department at 2200 Enterprise Drive, Monday through Friday from 1 to 5 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Altus Animal Control states the fees are meant to encourage responsible pet ownership and improve conditions at the Animal Control facility, where an abundance of dogs has continued to be a problem.
In addition to changes in surrender fees and licensing, fines and penalties have also changed. The amended ordinance clarifies which violations and offenses will be brought forward to District Court.
• The City Code of Ordinances allows penalties for cruelty to animals in Sec. 5-58 that include a misdemeanor for any person convicted of:maliciously, or for any bet, stake or reward, instigates or encourages any fight between animals, with the exception of dogs, or instigates or encourages any animal, with the exception of dogs, to attack, bite, wound or worry another;
• keeping any house, pit or other places, to be used in permitting any fight between animals, with the exception of dogs, or in any other violation of Sec. 5-58; and
• carrying or causing to be carried in or upon any vessel or vehicle, or otherwise, any animal in a cruel or inhumane manner, or so as to produce torture.
The City Code of Ordinances (Sec. 5-2: Penalty) also allows penalties for encouraging, permitting or allowing an animal owned or kept by a person to fight, injure, disable or kill a service animal used for the benefit of any handicapped person or for interfering with a service animal in any place where the service animal resides or is performing. The penalty upon conviction is a fine of at least $200 but not more than $750 plus court costs, court fees and other applicable fees, such as restitution for actual costs and expenses incurred as a direct result of any injury, disability or death caused to the service animal.
Changes made to the ordinance are effective Feb. 5, 2018, according to the City of Altus. The Animal Ordinance can be read in its entirety at altusok.gov/153/Animal-Control.
Raw meat is dangerous for pets and their owners, study finds
The increasingly popular practice of feeding dogs and cats raw meat may be dangerous for both the pets and their owners, according to a new study.
Some people feed raw meat, bones and organs to their pets instead of the more traditional dry or canned products, which are processed and often contain added salt, sugar and artificial colorings.
But Dutch scientists say a raw meat-based diet brings an increased risk of infection from bugs, such as salmonella, E. coli and listeria, and parasites, such as toxoplasma, the Times of London reports.
“While pets are directly exposed to food-borne pathogens when they ingest food, there are several ways in which pet owners and other household members can also encounter such pathogens,” said Paul Overgaauw of the Division of Veterinary Public Health at Utrecht University:
“This can be through direct contact with the food; through contact with a contaminated pet, such as sharing the same bed and allowing licking of the face and hands; through contact with household surfaces; or by ingesting cross-contaminated human food,” he added.
The Utrecht University study, published in the journal Vet Record, analyzed 35 commercially available frozen raw meat-based diets from eight brands for zoonotic bacteria and parasites.
E. coli O157 was isolated from eight products, listeria species were present in 15 products and salmonella species in seven products, according to the report.
Four products contained the parasite Sarcocystis cruzi and another four contained Sarcocystis tenella, both of which can cause nausea, stomach ache and diarrhea.
In two products, they found Toxoplasma gondii, which can lead to a common infection called toxoplasmosis.
Overgaauw said dry, semi-moist and canned pet food is rarely contaminated with pathogens.
“Cats and dogs that eat raw meat diets are also more likely to become infected with antibiotic-resistant bacteria than animals on conventional diets, which could pose a serious risk to both animal health and public health,” he said.
Dog owners would rather be with pets than friends, study suggests
More than half of Americans say they've skipped hanging out with other humans to stay home with a pet.
The study of 2,000 dog owners found skipping out on human commitments specifically to get a bit of quality furry friend time is a common occurrence.
That bond is understandable given the way they aid our mental health — from their ability to lessen relationship stress to softening bad days at work and more, the average dog gets their owner through five (4.83) stressful events every week.
The results emerged from Link AKC, creators of a smart collar for dogs, and pinpointed the mental, physical and emotional health bonuses of dog ownership. The study also found that many owners say their pet genuinely aided their ability to get over a breakup or handle the death of a loved one.
More firms are now offering 'pawternity' benefits
Think having a baby is rough? Just try bringing home a new puppy.
All babies need is a couple of diaper changes, a few feedings and a burping session once in a while. But puppies? They need way more attention, particularly if you consider all the playing, the outdoor walks in the rain, the house training, the gnawing on furniture, the chewing of shoes, the non-stop barking and ... did I mention the house training?
You know what I'm talking about, puppy-owners. It's exhausting.
But don't worry. It's 2018. The labor market is tight, good employees are in high demand and paid time off, particularly for new parents, is a hot benefit many firms are offering. Now some of these firms are taking this concept one step further and offering the ultimate solution to the ultimate first-world problem: paid time off specifically for new pet owners. It's called "pawternity" and no, I am not joking.
"We offer maternity and paternity leave, and a pet is another member of the family," the head of talent acquisition at a data services firm told the Wall Street Journal last month. "We don't discriminate just because they aren't human."
This is not the only firm that provides pet-related benefits. It's becoming a popular trend. An article in Quartz last week reported on its growing popularity, with some companies offering up to a week of paid time off for new pet owners.
More and more of these firms - particularly in urban areas that attract a younger workforce - are also allowing pets to be brought to be work as well as other perks like pet insurance, time-off for veterinary appointments, pet adoption consulting and even - as I reported previously - pet bereavement leave.
So don't sniff at these benefits, OK? Animal advocates say the better the transition for a new puppy (the Kennel Club says that its first 16 weeks "goes a long way" to ensure a puppy's successful acclimation and socialization) the happier its owners. Happy pet owners make happy (and hopefully more productive) employees, right?
California agents seize Chris Brown’s pet capuchin monkey
California fish and wildlife agents have seized Chris Brown’s pet monkey from his Los Angeles home.
Capt. Patrick Foy says that investigators determined the singer didn’t have a permit for the capuchin monkey, named Fiji.
The singer posted an Instagram video last month showing his 3-year-old daughter, Royalty, cuddling with the monkey. Foy says that prompted a half-dozen calls to the wildlife department from concerned people.
Foy says Brown agreed to cooperate. Agents served a search warrant Jan. 2 at his home.
Foy says Brown wasn’t there but had employees hand over the monkey in a cage.
Fiji is now at an undisclosed facility.
Brown could face a misdemeanor charge carrying a potential six-month jail sentence.