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Cat Declawing Now Banned In Denver, Colorado

It’s official in Denver, Colorado–veterinarians are now banned from declawing cats unless the procedure is medically necessary. Veterinarian Aubr…

How YOU Can Help Save Montreal’s Pitbulls

If you're as mad as hell about Montreal's horrible Pitbull ban, you can do something about it. Here are a few ways you can help get the ban repealed.

USDA Moves Animal Welfare Records; Sparks Concern About Secretary Nomi

The U.S. Department of Agriculture unexpectedly removed inspection reports and other information that had previously been available to the general public.

Medicinal Marijuana May Soon Be Available For Pets In Nevada

It’s high time we came up with a solution! It works for humans, and now senior and terminally ill dogs could soon benefit from cannabis. It’s a g…

Florida Voters Overwhemingly Ban Greyhound Racing But Not All Are Happ

The midterm elections brought an end to Florida’s historic greyhound racing industry, but not all animal ‘advocates’ are happy with the vot…

New Bill Introduced To Bring Retired Military Dogs Home After Overseas

The Military Working Dog Retirement Act means to leave no dog behind after serving their duty. If the law passes, military dogs will be brought back to the U…

FBI Deems Animal Cruelty A Top Tier Crime

Its new designation as a “top tier” crime makes it easier to prosecute crimes and seek out animal abusers. It’s been deemed a crime against…

Lawmakers Join Animal Welfare Groups For Responsible Breeder Laws In K

Why would lawmakers and animal welfare groups want to stop a bill that regulates pet store regulations? There's good reason behind their actions!

Doctors Say Pet Abuse Should Raise Red Flags About Domestic Violence

The AAP and the AVMA encourage their members to watch for indicators of child or domestic abuse by watching for and investigating harm done to family pets.

New Law Prevents Aesthetic Clipping Of Dogs In Quebec

The new year is bringing a new animal law to Quebec, which makes it illegal for veterinarians to perform cosmetic surgeries to clip a dog's tail or ears.

New California Bill Only Allows Pet Stores to Sell Rescued or Shelter

A new law in California makes a strong statement about puppy mills -- it would be illegal for pet stores to sell animals, unless they're from a shelter.

England’s Lucy’s Law To Ban Pet Stores From Selling Pets

A ban preventing licensed dog and cat sellers from selling pets under eight-weeks-old will come into effect in England on October 1, and may be followed by a…

U.S. Representatives Pass Bill To Ban Killing Dogs And Cats For Food

The United States House of Representatives has passed a bill that outlaws the killing of dogs and cats for food, though the practice is still legal in 44 sta…

New Law Protects Pennsylvania Dogs From Being Tethered in Freezing Tem

New law in Pennsylvania now prevents pet owners from tethering their dogs outside for more than 30 minutes when temperatures go below freezing.

ASPCA Wants The Department of Justice To #GetTough On Dog Fighting Law

Help save dogs from the fighting ring by urging the Justice Department to pursue more dog fighting cases! It’s a despicable crime that was outlawed in…

Trump Administration Allows Puppy Mills’ Violations To Be Kept Priva

Florida looks at legislation regarding the selling of puppies from USDA-licensed breeders, but the Trump administration may allow puppy mills anonymity.

Will Michigan Pet Owners Face Jail for Leaving Pets in Hot Car?

Michigan officials proposed a bill that would ensure that punishment ensues for those who knowingly put their pet's wellbeing at risk.

Service Dog Denied Entry Into Elementary School Heads to Supreme Court

A middle-school girl was denied the services of her trained service dog into class. She's now heading to the US Supreme Court with her discrimination case.

British Government Wants to Crack Down on Puppy Mill Breeders

To put a stop to backyard breeding, Britain's environment secretary could be placing a ban on all third-party puppy sales.

New York State Passes Legislation to Protect Former Research Animals [

Yes, yes, a thousand times yes! More states need follow NY's lead in passing laws that allow former scientific research animals to be put up for adoption.

TEDD Group Fights for Canine Military Heroes Considered ‘Obsolete Eq

By law, US Military handlers are allowed to adopt their service dogs. But that's not happening, and American Heroes are missing their life-saving dogs

High School Student’s Service Dog Inspires Legislation Against Discr

It's sad to see people denied service in places because their service dogs are not welcome, but legislation in New Jersey may make discrimination illegal.

New Ohio Laws Fine Drivers With Distracting Dogs

We all know driving while distracted is dangerous, but have you ever thought about distraction from your pets while driving? One town in Ohio has, and now ha…

Pittie Parents Outraged Over Demand Letters From City of Montreal

The continuing battle of pitbull owners and the City of Montreal now takes a new angle as it threatens people with seizure of their dogs and hefty fines.

Ohio City Council Revising Dog Ordinance to Include Breed-Neutral Word

An Ohio town proposed amendments that would remove breed-restrictive wording for its community to ensure breed-neutral legislation.

Connecticut Retrial Could Mean the End of Courthouse Dogs

The Appellate Court is looking to overturn a sentence, based on the use of a therapy dog for a young witness. Does this signal the end of courthouse dogs?

California Pet Stores Now Only Sell Rescue Animals As New Law Passes

California's made history with Governor Jerry Brown's signing of legislation that requires pet stores to only sell animals from non-profit rescue groups.

Lawyers Have Gone to the Dogs: Pet-Nups Are a Rapidly Growing Trend

More and more pawrents are turning to the law to clarify who gets the pets in case of a breakup- now lawyers have their hands full with pet-nups.

Woman Earns Sick Pay While Caring For Her Ill Dog in Landmark Italian

An Italian court awarded a woman sick pay for time she took off to care for her dog, with the judge deeming the care as 'serious personal reasons.'

Turkey Passes Law That Requires Pet Parents To Undergo Mandatory Train

Now here’s a law that makes a lot of sense to us. Turkey has just pass a law that anyone who wants to own a pet now has to pass a certification and wil…

Washington State Senate Passes New Legislation Restricting Tethering P

Washington State legislators pass a new bill that prevents dog owners from 'tying up' or 'tethering' their pets with certain types of restraints.

City Of Mississauga Passes Milestone Ban On Outdoor Confinement For Pe

With the new bylaw in place, owners will no longer be allowed to leave dogs outside for extended periods of time. Dogs in Mississauga, Ontario, just let out…

New Bill Passed to Bring Military Dogs Back Home

The Military Working Dog Retirement Act has been passed, guaranteeing that every single military dog comes back home once retired or decommissioned.

Deaf Dog Stands By Abused Children in Court

A trial is an intimidating process, even for adults. But Karl, a deaf Boxer, reminds children there is someone in their court.

Forest Lawn First Cemetery To Open Its Gates To Pets and Their Owners

When pets cross the Rainbow Bridge, where will their final resting place be? Forest Lawn Cemeteries allows pet remains to be buried with owners.

Can You Leave Your Estate to Your Dog?

Do you have a will? And for dog parents, you have some decisions to make about how your pooch will be taken care of in the event of your death.

Boston Law Firm Only Represents Canine Clients

All rise... now, sit! Good boy! Boston Dog Lawyers is the go-to law firm to make sure your four-legged friend is properly defended in court.

Mississippi Votes To Make Dog Fighting a Felony

Mississippi lawmakers are making dog fighters face stiffer penalties, including felony offenses punishable with up to $5,000 fines.

Britain Passes New Dog Microchipping Law

Britain has decided to make microchipping mandatory for all pets by April 2016 in the hopes of returning lost dogs to its owners.

Las Vegas Repeals Ban To Prevent The Selling of Pets in Pet Stores

Nevada City Council has repealed the pet sale ban, saying that it was only passed because of incorrect information from 'activists.'

Japanese Legislation Gives New Meaning To “Till Death Do Us Part”

It’s sad, but happens frequently – people dump older dogs at shelters because they’re not puppies anymore. Let’s follow Japan’s…

Ohio Makes History With Groundbreaking Anti-Puppy-Mill Law

The historic Ohio law is just the first step of what will hopefully be a successful journey to eradicate cruel and irresponsible breeding practices.

No Strays In The Netherlands – How Do They Do It?

It may seem sort of incredible to imagine a country where there are no stray pets. The Netherlands shares how strays are off the streets and in homes.

Should A Breeder Be Allowed to Manipulate Genes in Order to Eradicate

A Mississippi breeder wants to manipulate dog genetics to wipe out inbred disease. But FDA regulations pose roadblocks in the ethics of dog breeding.

Furry Yappers Could Be Fined $25k in Canadian Town

A city in Ontario, Canada, is taking a big bite out of the budget of its noisiest citizens and hopes other communities will soon follow.

HSUS Releases Horrible Hundred 2016 Puppy Mills List

The HSUS is trying to shut down puppy mills by educating the public with its 2016 list of 100 of the worst US dog breeding operations.

UK Protects Puppies With Tighter Pet Dealer Laws

The UK has made the sale of any puppy under eight weeks old illegal, and tightened laws that will protect animals against irresponsible breeders.

Arizona To Ban Greyhound Racing by End of 2016

The sport of betting on greyhound racing is on its last legs in the United States. Arizona plans to ban the cruel practice by the end of this year.

New California Law Considers Dogs Of Divorce As Family Members

California has joined two other states in America that adopted laws considering dogs to be family members and not property if ever a dispute in court occurs.…

Pet Owners Angry After Chinese City Implements One-Dog Policy

Taking a cue from the country's past 'one-child' policy, a city in eastern China is angering pet owners as it implements a 'one-dog' policy.

New Legislation May Create “Dog Offenders” List

A new bill being introduced to the Michigan legislature aims to create an offenders' list of 'dangerous dogs' and hold owners more accountable for bites.

Recent Deaths Spur New Jersey Lawmakers To Regulate Pet Grooming Indus

Legislators in New Jersey are seeking the passing of a bill that would require dog groomers to be licensed, after recent deaths in New Jersey pet stores.

Florida Senator Wants Voters to Ban Dog Racing

Dog racing is still a hot ticket in some states. Florida voters will have the opportunity to ban dog racing in the state in 2018.

Arizona Reverses Sale Ban, Allows Pet Stores to Sell Dogs and Cats

Arizona's new law allows pet stores to once again sell puppies and kittens, as long as certain information is provided to the customer... but is it enough?

Legislators Want To Ban Companion Animal Consumption In The U.S.

Legislators are adding an amendment to a farm bill that will ban people from purposely killing dogs or cats for human consumption.

Washington Supreme Court Rules in Favor Of Girl and Her Service Dog

The Washington State Supreme Court rules that a previous decision must be reviewed in the case of a school district that banned a service dog.

All Aboard! Law Allowing Dogs On Amtrak Trains Is On Track

Congressman Jeff Denham gaining traction with bill that allows small pets on Amtrak trains. I always feel guilty leaving my dog behind when I go on adventure…

New “Hot Dog In Car” Law Will Grant First Responders Immunity

A new bill in Pennsylvania sets out actions first responders can take to save pets overheating in cars, and allows officials to charge pet owners.

Montreal’s New Mayor Overturns Controversial BSL Ban of Pit Bulls

After much back and forth over banning Pit Bulls, Montreal has finally come to a decision - and has overturned the decision to ban the mixed breed dog.

New Jersey Bill Will Require Dog Trainers To Be State-Licensed

There’s a new bill in front of New Jersey lawmakers, and if passed, would make New Jersey the first state in the country to require dog trainers to be…