Monthly Archives: February 2017

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12 02, 2017

DWAA Names ‘The Dog Merchants’ A Best Book of 2016

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The Dog Writers Association of America, at its banquet today in Manhattan, named The Dog Merchants a best book for 2016. The Dog Merchants tied for the top spot in our category with Reporting for Duty: True Stories of Wounded Veterans and Their Service Dogs by Tracy Libby. I'm both honored and humbled to win this [...]

8 02, 2017

New Study Likely to Affect Debate about Shelters and Breeders

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This morning, The Washington Post published my article about a new study from Mississippi State University showing that shelter euthanasia rates for dogs have dipped to the lowest level in modern history, with fewer than 780,000 dogs per year now dying in U.S. shelters. Researchers and scientists from groups including the ASPCA, No Kill Advocacy [...]

6 02, 2017

Petland and HSUS Act to Reverse USDA Database Decision

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When the pet-store chain Petland and the Humane Society of the United States---frequent opponents on legislative actions---are both on the same page and crying foul, you know we have entered new territory concerning the welfare of dogs. Both Petland and HSUS today stated that they are calling upon the U.S. Department of Agriculture to amend or [...]

4 02, 2017

Federal Agency Removes Key Consumer Tool for Evaluating Dog Breeders

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At 1 p.m. today, the U.S. Department of Agriculture posted this notice on the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) section of its website. The notice explains that from now on, it will be much harder for consumers and others to review government inspection reports about dog breeders that previously had been available online in a simple [...]