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News & Events
December 19, 2013
The Phoenix City Council approved an ordinance yesterday to restrict the retail sale of dogs obtained from large-scale commercial breeders. The move places Phoenix among the more than 40 cities in the U.S. and Canada that have enacted this type of ordinance, designed to increase the placement of homeless pets in permanent homes and decrease the number of animals euthanized in the city’s shelters. The new ordinance will help move the marketplace away from puppy mills, and toward consumers buying directly from responsible breeders and pet stores holding in-store adoptions of animals that come from shelters and rescue groups. Kari Nienstedt, The Humane Society of the United States’ Arizona state director, issued the following statement.
December 18, 2013
Commercial puppy breeders filed suit in federal court on December 16 challenging a critical regulation aimed at cracking down on large-scale puppy mills. The U.S Department of Agriculture adopted the regulation earlier this year. The lawsuit makes clear that some commercial dog breeders would prefer to avoid compliance with even the very basic standards of care required by the Animal Welfare Act. The Humane Society of the United States will intervene in the lawsuit and join the government in defending the common-sense regulation.
December 12, 2013
The U.S. Marshals Service and The Humane Society of the United States are alerting the animal welfare community of a fugitive on the USMS’ 15 Most Wanted List and are offering rewards for her capture. The fugitive, Janet Barreto, is allegedly linked to multiple puppy mill operations and the homicide death of a toddler.
December 12, 2013
La Agencia de los United States Marshals Service junto con la Humane Society of the United States están están ofreciendo recompensa por la captura de la fugitiva Janet Barreto, está vinculada a múltiples operaciones de fábricas de cachorros y con la muerte por homicidio de un niño pequeño.
October 16, 2013
The city of Bennettsville, S.C., received a $5,000 grant from The Humane Society of the United States to eliminate gas chamber use at the city’s animal shelter. The funds will be used for training staff members and purchasing necessary supplies and equipment for the euthanasia by injection method.
September 10, 2013
Major puppy mill victory: The USDA is cracking down on unlicensed puppy mills. All large-scale breeders that sell dogs and other warm-blooded pets using the Internet, phone, or mail will be licensed and regularly inspected for basic humane care standards.
August 8, 2013
A bill to increase penalties for extreme animal neglect is now law in New Jersey. "Patrick's Law," was named in honor of Patrick, a young dog who endured severe neglect and was found almost starved to death. Patrick's suffering has become emblematic of the need for New Jersey to treat extreme animal neglect with the seriousness it deserves.
July 1, 2013
Kennel owners and operators who commit acts of animal cruelty could be charged with a felony on a first offense, under a bill known as "Nitro's Law" passed by the Ohio legislature.