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December 31, 2012
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  • Austin Animal Center ends 2012 with free microchips
    The Austin Animal Center is offering free microchip services for pets through 5 p.m. today, in a nod to the fact that loud New Year's celebrations may drive some dogs and cats to run away. "Our officers in the field all carry microchip scanners so they can check animals for tags, and their preference would be to return the animals to home, without ever getting to the shelter," said senior animal protection officer Philip Goen. KXAN-TV (Austin, Texas) (12/30) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • South Africa's president draws ire of pet lovers
    South African President Jacob Zuma has gotten harsh criticism from many after remarking in a speech last week that pet ownership was part of "white culture." Zuma sought to clarify his statement later, saying his words were meant to encourage black South Africans to uphold their own culture. CBS News/The Associated Press (12/27) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Veterinarians volunteer to sterilize feral cats
    Volunteer group Spay Our Strays has cared for some 1,600 feral cats in Kentucky's Bluegrass region, providing vaccinations and sterilization services designed to keep the population in check. Recently, veterinarians Elizabeth Ubelhor and Brantley Graham performed dozens of sterilizations in a single day and treated other issues at a makeshift clinic. After the animals recover, they are released. "There's a good chance these cats will never be touched by another veterinarian," Dr. Ubelhor said. "We're going to try to make them as happy as we can." Lexington Herald-Leader (Ky.) (12/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Presidential pooch stars in White House Christmas
    The presidential family dog Bo has become a central part of the White House holiday decor, according to decorator and author Coleen Christian Burke. "If you go through, you should find the ornaments that have Bo's paw prints on them. There are always Bo sculptures and Bo cookies," she said. Politico (Washington, D.C.) (12/24) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Abused children find comfort in furry friend
    Dawson Place in Everett, Wash., which counsels about 1,000 abused children annually, recently added yellow Labrador retriever Harper to the staff. Harper, a trained service dog, provides warm, furry comfort to traumatized children as they talk with her handler, child interview specialist Gina Coslett. The Herald (Everett, Wash.) (12/26) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Pa. steps up enforcement of dog-related laws
    The dog-law unit of Pennsylvania's Agriculture Department has beefed up enforcement in several areas this year, including taking action against 37 operations engaging in illegal breeding of dogs, a spokeswoman says. The office has also stepped up enforcement of laws relating to dangerous dogs and has cracked down on online sales of dogs. KYW-AM (Philadelphia) (12/27) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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