June 26, 2017

In a legal experiment, under "Desmond's Law," abused animals in Connecticut will now have a voice in court.  Judges are now authorized to appoint an approved volunteer advocate and an advocate can be requested by a prosecutor or defense counsel.  However, there is some opposition to the law, namely from the American Kennel Club, which is concerned it will cause confusion as to who has responsibilities for an animal and also im...

June 26, 2017

In a new report released last month, the USDA suggested that the Miami Seaquarium's only orca, Lolita, may be living in a tank that is too small for her.  According to the report, the tank "may not meet all space requirements defined by the agency’s [Animal Welfare Act] regulations" and "[t]he design of the enclosure may deny the resident orca sufficient space for adequate freedom of movement."  This assessment contradicts pre...

June 26, 2017

When Marlene Forand brought her new poodle Ollie home, it quickly became apparent that Ollie was sick.  After multiple check-ups, Ollie's veterinarians confirmed that the puppy suffered from coccidia and giardia—intestinal parasites common in puppies.  The news came as a surprise for Forand who had received a clean bill of health only weeks earlier from Trish’s All Breeds Pet Grooming.

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