Pack of News: April 3 – retail dog sales ban, pit bull foils car-jacking, animal-cruelty conviction

I’ve got a trio of news stories to post tonight –  from the month of March.

The Globe and Mail: A Canadian city is considering a possible ban on the retail sale of dogs. The article notes cities such as South Lake Tahoe and West Hollywood in California have banned the sale dogs and cats in stores.

The impulse purchase of pets in stores is one factor that leads to more homeless animals filling shelters across the country. And too often the dogs and cats sold in these stores are from mass-production facilities with more concern for profit than the welfare of animals.

Seattle An ex-fighting dog in Kirland, Wash. protected his family by scaring off a car-jacker.

It is reported that fighting dogs are tortured to teach them not to bark, to make the discovery of the dog-fighting operation less likely. Victor’s yell to turn back the car-jacker was the first time his new family heard him bark.

Durham In another story out of Canada, a 71-year-old woman has been banned from possessing animals for the rest of her life after being convicted on six counts of animal cruelty.

One of the most troubling aspects of this story is the fact that she has a history of animal-cruelty convictions going back to 1996.

According to the story, this is her fourth conviction. What took the system so long to ban her from having pets?


One response to this post.

  1. Posted by Judy Adler on April 5, 2010 at 7:26 am

    It’s the same mentality that doesn’t put in a stop sign on a local street where accidents happen until someone gets killed there. In addition, crimes against animals are not deemed as important as crimes against humans. I have a pit mix I found in the streets 10 years ago, and while she has a few behavior problems, we have worked through them and she is very loving and my best friend.


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