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18 08, 2017

U.S. Government Reinstates Database of Kennel Inspection Reports

By |August 18th, 2017|Recommended Reading/Viewing|0 Comments

The U.S. Department of Agriculture issued a press release this afternoon announcing the reinstatement of its searchable online database that includes inspection reports for commercial dog-breeding kennels. Reinstatement of the database follows months' worth of public outcry. A diverse spread of individuals ranging from animal-welfare advocates to pet-store executives have said the previously available database should [...]

6 02, 2017

Petland and HSUS Act to Reverse USDA Database Decision

By |February 6th, 2017|Recommended Reading/Viewing|0 Comments

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

By |February 4th, 2017|Recommended Reading/Viewing|0 Comments

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 [...]

20 01, 2017

The Facts—and State Inspection Reports—Behind Today’s Diana’s Grove Dog Rescue Story

By |January 20th, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Today, multiple media outlets in St. Louis, including the Post-Dispatch, reported that the Chesterfield Mall had canceled its agreement with a rescue group that was scheduled to open a new adoption center there this Saturday. More than 100 comments from dog lovers in the community were posted inside of about seven hours, expressing, mostly, confusion. [...]

27 12, 2016

DogMerchants.com Blog Post is a Finalist for DWAA Best Article of the Year

By |December 27th, 2016|The Dog Merchants website|0 Comments

I'm honored to share the news that the Dog Writers Association of America has announced its finalists for Best Article or Blog. My article posted on this website, "Hydra: New Jersey's Just Pups and the Puppy Mill Monster," has been named one of four finalists for the award. Congratulations also go out to the three [...]

21 11, 2016

Washington Post Op-Ed: How Our Political Vitriol is Hurting Our Dogs

By |November 21st, 2016|Recommended Reading/Viewing|0 Comments

The Washington Post just published my latest story about dogs, which I originally pitched with the title "Party Animals." It's about how our current level of political vitriol in the United States is keeping dogs in conditions that many of us agree are unacceptable. I hope you'll take the time to read it, whether you [...]

1 09, 2016

‘The Dog Merchants’ Book Inspires Colorado Legislation

By |September 1st, 2016|The Dog Merchants book|0 Comments

Late last night, I learned from Google that my book has inspired legislation in Aurora, Colorado. I found out when I read this story in the Aurora Sentinel, which reported that the councilman who introduced the legislation "said he was inspired to do something locally after reading Kim Kavin’s book The Dog Merchants: Inside the Big Business [...]

6 08, 2016

Hydra: New Jersey’s Just Pups and the ‘Puppy Mill Monster’

By |August 6th, 2016|The Dog Merchants book|0 Comments

Well-intentioned officials in my home state of New Jersey are combining forces to exile Vincent LoSacco and his Just Pups stores, where, among other things, 67 puppies and dogs were left outside in a 38-degree van earlier this year. First came hundreds of animal cruelty charges, followed by the closing of Just Pups [...]

7 06, 2016

‘The Dog Merchants’ Op-Ed Inspires Amendments to ‘Pet Store Puppy Mill Legislation

By |June 7th, 2016|The Dog Merchants book|0 Comments

My publisher, Pegasus Books, just sent out the press release below. I'm thrilled to see "The Dog Merchants" and my other writing based on the book's research having such an impact, just a month after the book's publication date. “THE DOG MERCHANTS” OP-ED INSPIRES AMENDMENTS TO “PET STORE PUPPY MILL” LEGISLATION  The bill’s sponsoring senator now seeks [...]

26 05, 2016

Two Incredible Nights in Morris County, New Jersey

By |May 26th, 2016|The Dog Merchants book, The Dog Merchants website|0 Comments

Since my new book The Dog Merchants was published earlier this month, I have been doing talks and book signings at libraries and bookstores all across my home state of New Jersey. Sometimes, only one or two people show up. Sometimes, it's a packed room. The past two weeks, at the public libraries in Chester and Randolph, New [...]