New York Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo has signed legislation to protect pets from being abandoned during an eviction.
The law requires officers executing a warrant of eviction to check the property for pets and to coordinate the safe removal of the animals with the evictee, according to a press release from the governor's office.
"I know firsthand how pets quickly become members of your family and it is absurd that in these instances a living animal can be treated the same as a possession and be put in harm's way," Cuomo said in the release. "I'm proud to sign this measure that will protect beloved family pets and solve this issue once and for all."
The New York Post reports that Assemblywoman Linda Rosenthal of Manhattan drafted the bill after reading about a landlord who evicted a family in Brooklyn. Family members couldn't get back into the residence to rescue their dog, which was "trapped inside in a small cage for two days without food."
Only after obtaining a court order did the family manage to save the dog, according to the Post.
Rosenthal said in the release: "The No Pet Left Behind Law recognizes that pets should not be treated like property when their family is evicted, and it will ensure that plans are made for their care. Cats are not like couches, dogs are not like dining tables, and no family should go through what Tori and her family did when they were evicted."
Henri Bollinger, the former president of the Publicists Guild and the Entertainment Publicists Professional Society, has died. He was 89.
Bollinger died Monday at the Motion Picture and Television Fund retirement home in Woodland Hills of complications from surgery, publicist Rick Markovitz announced.
Bollinger ran his eponymous PR agency for 50 years and was a recipient of the Les Mason Award, the highest honor bestowed upon a publicist by his peers.
"I lost a dear friend today, and the entertainment PR community lost one of its most inspiring role models," Markovitz, president at Weissman/Markovitz Communications and a director of the board of the Los Angeles chapter of the Public Relations Society of America, posted on Facebook.
President of the Publicists Guild five times, Bollinger represented the likes of Bob Barker, Shirley Jones, Marty Ingels, Jack Jones, Gerald McRaney, the Cinema Audio Society Awards, Wes Craven Films, Shochiku Films of Japan, Fries Entertainment, Cannon Films, George Schlatter Productions and The World Series of Poker.
He worked on campaigns for such movies as The People Under the Stairs, Nightmare on Elm Street and Friday the 13th and for TV programs including Major Dad, The Price Is Right, Simon & Simon, The Ernie Kovacs Show, The Julie Andrews Hour and The Kennedy Center Honors.
Bollinger served for more than 55 years on the Publicists Awards committee, which organizes the ICG Publicists Awards Luncheon held each year at the Beverly Hilton. He was chairman of the committee for 37 years until his recent retirement.
Survivors include his wife Sandy, their children Jennifer, Jeffrey and Jeremy and their grandchildren Jerry, Shawn, Emma and Isabel.
A memorial service and interment took place at 1 p.m. on Thursday at Groman Eden Memorial Park in Mission Hills.
Reader's Digest has published a list of the most expensive dog breeds, along with a list of the most affordable ones.
At the top of the list, which is based on information from the American Kennel Club, is the Low Chen. The cost range to purchase a member of this breed is $4,000 to $8,000, according to Reader's Digest.
This breed is also known as Löwchen or Little Lion Dog. Traditionally it's groomed to have a lion-like appearance.
Other expensive breeds include the Tibetan mastiff, the Pharaoh Hound and the Akita.
Some of the more affordable breeds, all under $1,000 on average, are the Manchester terrier, the pug and the beagle.
A variety of factors can incluence the cost of a given dog breed, from its rarity to its current level of trendiness.
SafeWise has released a ranking of the "Most Pet-Friendly States in America."
The list relies on data from the Bureau of Labor and the Animal Legal Defense Fund, along with other sources such as BringFido.com. It's based on which states have "the strictest anti-cruelty laws, highest percentage of no-kill shelters, most pet-friendly hotels and parks, and more," according to SafeWise, a review site for security systems.
Claiming the No. 1 spot on the list is Maine. Among its advantages are "no breed restrictions and 76 dog-friendly beaches, hiking trails, and dog parks — and nearly 1,000 pet-friendly hotels," according to SafeWise.
Rounding out the top five:
The Endangered Species Act (ESA) has an incredible success rate when it comes to protecting at-risk wildlife—99% of species listed on it have avoided extinction. In fact, it's so good, it's often referred to as the gold standard for conservation legislation.
Here are three species that have been recovered or are recovering thanks to the ESA.
Year Listed: 1967 | Status: Endangered, recovering
Year Listed: 1970 | Status: Nine populations recovered and delisted in 2016
Year Listed: 1967 | Status: Recovered, delisted in 2007
Despite being one of the most effective laws for preventing and reversing the decline of endangered and threatened species, the Trump Administration is working to dismantle the Endangered Species Act. We can't let that happen.
"An increase in the number of beavers has an impact on the climate since a rising water level affects the interaction between beaver ponds, water and air, as well as the carbon balance of the zone of ground closest to water," says Petri Nummi, University Lecturer at the University of Helsinki, Finland.
Current estimates indicate that beaver ponds range from carbon sinks to sources of carbon. Beaver ponds and meadows can fix as much as 470,000 tons of carbon per year or, alternatively, release 820,000 tons of carbon annually. Their overlapping functions as carbon sinks and sources make landscapes moulded by beavers complex.
A beaver family usually changes territories once every three to five years, but can also stay in the same area as long as twenty years. After beavers abandon their territory, the dam gradually disintegrates and the pond empties. It may fill up again in, say, ten years as a result of returnees. Beaver habitats are in fact undergoing a constant change between terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems.
In the beginning of the 20th century, beavers were hunted to near extinction both in Europe and the central and southern regions of North America. According to estimates, there were 10 million beavers in Europe before the hunting began, out of which only some thousand survived in small, isolated populations across the continent.
Beavers were numerous in Finland as well. For millennia, the species was popular game among ancient Finns before being hunted to extinction towards the end of the 19th century.
"People today obviously have no idea of what pond and stream ecosystems are like in their natural state, since research in the field only began after beavers were taken out of the picture," says Nummi.
The study, which provides the first evidence of how goats read human emotional expressions, implies that the ability of animals to perceive human facial cues is not limited to those with a long history of domestication as companions, such as dogs and horses.
Writing in the journal Royal Society Open Science, the team describe how 20 goats interacted with images of positive (happy) and negative (angry) human facial expressions and found that they preferred to look and interact with the happy faces.
Dr Alan McElligott who led the study at Queen Mary University of London and is now based at the University of Roehampton, said: "The study has important implications for how we interact with livestock and other species, because the abilities of animals to perceive human emotions might be widespread and not just limited to pets."
The study, which was carried out at Buttercups Sanctuary for Goats in Kent, involved the researchers showing goats pairs of unfamiliar grey-scale static human faces of the same individual showing happy and angry facial expressions.
The team found that images of happy faces elicited greater interaction in the goats who looked at the images, approached them and explored them with their snouts. This was particularly the case when the happy faces were positioned on the right of the test arena suggesting that goats use the left hemisphere of their brains to process positive emotion.
First author Dr Christian Nawroth, who worked on the study at Queen Mary University of London but is now based at Leibniz Institute for Farm Animal Biology, said: "We already knew that goats are very attuned to human body language, but we did not know how they react to different human emotional expressions, such as anger and happiness. Here, we show for the first time that goats do not only distinguish between these expressions, but they also prefer to interact with happy ones."
The research has implications for understanding how animals process human emotions.
Co-author Natalia Albuquerque, from the University of Sao Paulo, said: "The study of emotion perception has already shown very complex abilities in dogs and horses. However, to date, there was no evidence that animals such as goats were capable of reading human facial expressions. Our results open new paths to understanding the emotional lives of all domestic animals."
In collaboration with Dogs Trust and University of Liverpool animal behaviour researchers, the VEC has created a proof of concept virtual reality (VR) experience in which people can approach and interact with a dog displaying signs of aggression in a safe and controlled way.
The experience aims to help adults and children recognise specific behaviours displayed by dogs, which could potentially lead to an attack or incident if not correctly identified.
6,740 hospital admissions for dog bites and strikes were recorded in the UK in 2013 and University of Liverpool research suggests that the burden of dog bites is considerably larger than those estimated from hospital records.
As part of a desire to better educate children and adults about dog bite prevention, Dogs Trust wanted to explore whether a digital tool could help people identify a range of stress and threat behaviours typically exhibited by dogs, which have the potential to lead to a bite.
In response to this challenge, a team animal behavioural specialists and psychologists from the University worked closely with the VEC to make certain that the body language and detail shown in the virtual environment was both realistic and a truthful reflection of real-world canine behaviour.
As the user approaches the dog, the behaviour and body language of the dog gradually changes, the dog's behaviour begins to display signs of aggression including licking its lips, lowering of the head and body, front paw lifting, growling, and showing of teeth. These behaviours are referenced from the 'Canine Ladder of Aggression' which shows how a dog may behave when it does not want to be approached.
Iain Cant, VEC Visualisation Team Leader said: "This was a really interesting project to work on with a lot of exciting potential for the future.
"The next steps will look to enhance the detail within the immersive environment to ensure the simulation is as realistic as possible. Future developments will also show a wider range of dog behaviours and the dog's reactions to user behaviour."
"More broadly the project highlights how immersive experiences can be used by organisations such as Dogs Trust as a valuable educational tool."
"A lot of companies test for complete and balanced nutrition, but don't go beyond that," says Kelly Swanson, corresponding author on a new study published in the Journal of Animal Science and Kraft Heinz Company Endowed Professor in Human Nutrition in the Department of Animal Sciences and the Division of Nutritional Sciences at the University of Illinois. The researchers tested the palatability and digestibility of three commercially marketed fresh and raw diets for dogs, as well as a traditional extruded kibble diet.
The diets included a lightly cooked roasted-refrigerated diet; a lightly cooked grain-free roasted-refrigerated diet; and a raw diet. The lightly cooked roasted diets were pasteurized, and the raw diet was treated with an acidifying bacteria that makes the food inhospitable to harmful microbes. Would dogs like them? Were they digestible? Would they increase activity?"
"The roasted diets come in a meatball form, and the raw diet was more like a big sausage roll that you cut up and feed to the dog. All diets were chicken-based, but some had added beef, salmon, or chicken liver. Each diet also contained a vitamin and mineral mix, and a dry mix of plant products like sweet potatoes, kale, spinach, cranberries, and carrots," Swanson says. "People are familiar with those ingredients so they like to see them included in their pets' diets. Although specific ingredients are not needed in the diet of dogs and cats, as many options can result in an acceptable nutrient profile, those ingredients are of high quality and are nutrient dense." Eight beagles were successively fed each diet for one month. After a 14-day transition period onto each new diet, they were monitored for voluntary physical activity, and then urine, stool, and blood samples were collected and analyzed.
The roasted diets turned out to be more digestible than the kibble, and both the grain-free roasted diet and the raw diet resulted in lower blood triglyceride levels than the kibble diet, even though they were higher in fat. Swanson isn't able to pinpoint the cause of the surprising result, but points to it as a potential benefit of the non-traditional diets. Voluntary activity didn't differ across the diets. The researchers also found major shifts in the microbiota -- the suite of microbes inhabiting the gut -- in the roasted and raw diets, compared with kibble. Swanson says the changes in the microbiota were neither good nor bad, just different. He suggests that the results showcase the flexibility of gut microbiota, and how little scientists know about the effects of diet on host-microbe relationships as a whole.
It is important to point out that all dogs were healthy throughout the study period, and that all diets were palatable, highly digestible, and resulted in good stool quality. Even though some of the diets were statistically more digestible or led to lower triglycerides, those metrics were within the normal range for all dogs on all diets. Therefore, Swanson emphasizes, all the diet formats tested in the study, including kibble, would be healthy choices.
"As far as diet format and market segment is concerned, it ultimately comes down to consumer preference and philosophy. As long as a diet is shown to be safe and meets the nutritional needs of the pet in question, it is an acceptable option to me. If an owner is willing to pay more for premium ingredients and/or an improved processing method, I am fully supportive. To me, the most important thing is testing these new diet formats and products before they are commercially available," Swanson says.
Lots of people drastically underestimate the cost of owning a dog, new research by Rover.com reveals.
Most dog people think owning a dog will cost $26-$75 a month, according to the company.
Average monthly costs are actually much higher, at $153, Rover says. That includes costs such as food ($40 to $60 a month), heartworm prevention ($24-$120) and tooth care/dental chews ($10).
The survey also revealed the top three things that dog people are willing to give up for a dog:
- Alcohol (28 percent)
- Takeout/food delivery (25 percent)
- Coffee (20 percent)
Other interesting findings:
- One in three dog people would consider cloning their dog
- One in three dog owners would spend over $250 on a special gift for their dog
- One in four pet parents have purchased a massage for their dog