COLUMBUS, Ohio May 27, 2016 House Bill 60 or, as it is referred to in Ohio, Goddard's Law, has passed the Ohio Senate and House and is now awaiting the formal signature of Governor John Kasich. The new law will make it a fifth-degree felony to knowingly cause serious physical harm to a companion animal. Amy Beichler, Executive Director of The Public Animal Welfare Society (PAWS Ohio), along with Cleveland's Fox 8 Weatherman, Dick Goddard, for whom the new law is named, have been active for over four years in pursuit of the passage of this bill. “This has been a long and hard road with many obstacles along the way” Beichler stated yesterday. “But, thanks to the efforts of concerned and caring individuals like Dick Goddard, State Representatives Bill Patmon and Dave Hall, and Ohio Senator Larry Obhof, we were able to get this extremely important piece of legislation passed for companion animals.” The Public Animal Welfare Society (PAWS Ohio), centered in Cleveland, Ohio, is a 40-year-old, nonprofit organization whose mission is to rescue and foster companion animals in an effort to find them permanent homes. Beichler, who has led the organization for over 12 years, has championed the [...]
A dangerous bill is being considered by the state legislature that would represent a huge step backward in the fight against puppy and kitten mills. If enacted, HB 166 would prohibit localities in Ohio from enacting ordinances to prevent inhumanely bred puppies and kittens from being sold in local pet stores. This would allow puppy mills to continue to flourish and would strip Ohioans of their right to know where the pets sold in pet shops are really coming from. Please take action today by urging your representatives to oppose HB 166. Thank you for speaking up for animals. Together, we can Save Them All.
Three darling Bay Village cats came very close to being victims of the bitter early cold snap that hit our area last week. Because of the rapid response, compassion and warm-hearted residents, each were rescued by different individuals or families in Bay and all ended up in forever homes. Friends of the Bay Village Kennel would like to remind residents to report animal issues to the Bay Village Police at 871-1234. Please remember to keep all pets safe, have identification and provide shelter and food. If you are aware of an animal that does not have the proper shelter, please contact the police or call Ruth Glasmire, president of Friends of the Bay Village Kennel, at 835-8139 for options on how to make or purchase outside housing for animals. Per public records requests the City of Bay Village has just over $8,000 in donations under animal control. This is item line 284. These funds are separate from what the Friends of the Bay Village Kennel have been collecting and expending on animals in Bay Village. The city of Bay Village has the potential to still accept a gift of a brand new kennel. The Friends of the Bay Village Kennel [...]
Friends of the Bay Village Kennel would like to remind residents that with warmer weather, please remember to take the following precautions to keep pets safe. Do not take pets in the car and leave them with cracked windows even to run a quick errand – leave them at home. Do not leave pets outside without fresh water, food during the day, shade and shelter. When walking, use soft cloth or leather leashes that correlate to the size of your dog, and pick up and move them to the lawn so bikes and others can pass safely. Pick up that dog waste. If you utilize electronic containment DO NOT leave your pets unsupervised. Recent increases in coyote activity and power failures could be deadly. Please visit friendsofbayvillagekennel.com for ordinances and tips
Male Pronghorn Antelope in Saskatchewan field Animals may possess an innate ability to react to weather quicker than humans, but don't count on their behaviors determining how much snow is expected for winter or how severe a hurricane season could become. That is because while there are indications that animals do have advanced capabilities to recognize changes in weather, how far in advance they can predict such changes is still to be determined. "I certainly think that [animals] have abilities to sense that," said John Linehan, president and CEO of Zoo New England, which operates Franklin Park Zoo in Boston and Stone Zoo in Stoneham, Massachusetts. "I've certainly seen behavioral changes in the many years I've been observing animals, but how far in advance, I don't actually know." Linehan's experience working with animals covers more than 30 years and he has seen many peculiar occurrences in animal behavior as it relates to weather. Animals have more developed senses than humans, such as sense of smell and hearing, and that leads to their ability to detect impending weather changes sooner, Linehan said. "Certainly, many have a better sense of smell than we do; they can smell rain coming when [...]
Did you know, each day 10,000 humans are born in the USA - and each day 70,000 puppies and kittens are born. Dog Auctions January 12th, 2011 I wish I were a fiction writer and the details within this blog were simply a product of my imagination. Unfortunately dog auctions are a painful and despicable fact of life. As much as I dislike crafting blogs that are “downers” I’ve recognized the importance of educating as many people as I can about animal-related issues that undermine our humanity. Dog auctions certainly fit the bill. In case you are unfamiliar with dog auctions let me fill you in. Envision rooms filled floor to ceiling with crates and cages each housing dogs whose sole purpose in life is to make puppies. Every dog in the room is identified by the number on the auction tag hanging round his or her neck. There are purebreds of multiple varieties although some might not be recognizable as such given their lack of health care and horrifically overgrown hair coats. And, of course, there are plenty of “designer hybrids” the mutts that are purposefully planned because they are “all the rage” and their litters will garner thousands [...]
By Brian Prowse-Gany They’re called man’s (or woman’s) best friend, and for good reason. Dogs seem to have the natural ability to feed off human emotions and reciprocate. Through a mutual understanding of things like happiness, fear and empathy, dogs and their caretakers are able to form a bond the way one would with a family member or friend. Clarissa Black has devoted her career to understanding the minds of animals. As an animal trainer with a master’s in anthrozoology — the study of interactions between humans and other animals — Black spent years working with elephants and dolphins. But it was a trip to the local Veterans Affairs Hospital with her dog that sparked the idea that would become her passion. Watching how the veterans lit up and responded to her dog, named Bear, Black was inspired to use her skills and resources to start training rescue dogs as a means of therapy for America’s veterans, particularly those struggling with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), traumatic brain injury, anxiety and depression. “You could almost feel this weight being lifted off of them, that sort of sigh and that breath, and you could see their smiles,” said Black. She started the [...]