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.
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
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 [...]
The sweet, skinny, young adult black cat pictured here was recently found abandoned on Huntmere Drive in Bay Village. This is one of multiple cats and kittens that the Friends of the Bay Village Kennel are currently assisting. FOBVK reminds residents to advise the Bay Village Police Department of all animal-related issues. The city's current kennel only houses dogs, which are transported to the Cuyahoga County Dog Kennel if not claimed. Cats and kittens must fend for themselves on the streets of Bay Village. If you are concerned with the safety of Bay Village's pets, please join us to ensure that the city of Bay Village undertakes the construction of a new kennel. Until further notice, FOBVK will continue to assist distressed animals through the use of generously donated monies for the purposes including: spaying and neutering, other veterinary care, food, medications, etc. FOBVK continues to have the support of a benevolent benefactor willing to fund the construction of a new kennel facility within the city. However, this facility would be owned by the city with conditions requiring city participation and cooperation. FOBVK would be happy to volunteer to help with the operation and maintenance of this kennel. Visit our [...]
With the warmer weather upon us, perhaps you are thinking about taking your canine companions on a bike ride. Here are some healthy safety tips, links and suggestions for doggie apparatuses for your outing. Riding on the sidewalk is the safest place to be for you and your pooch and the highly recommended turf per safety forces. Options to consider based on the size, age and type of dog(s) include a bicycle dog leash, bike trailer, or a bike basket. Dog trainer and behavior consultant Susan Sarubin penned an excellent article in Whole Dog Journal about bike riding with your dog. The in-depth article features information on getting started, equipment for the cyclist and dog, initial training, starting to ride, where to ride and cycling for non-athletes. "Sometimes, the safety precautions that we take to protect both humans and our companion animals may seem so cumbersome that they take all the fun out of some of our activities," Sarubin writes. "But when it comes to the health and welfare of your dog when accompanying you on bike rides, taking the appropriate safety measures can potentially save your dog's life, as well as your own. Training, using proper equipment and adhering to sensible exercise practices [...]