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  • Seven Facts about Aurora, CO's breed ban before next week's vote

    from Kc dog blog

    Thursday October 30th, 2014 at 08:48 AM

    Next week, voters in Aurora, CO will have the opportunity to repeal the city's 9 year old breed ban.

    The city has discussed the potential repeal multiple times since the law's inception and finally decided to take the repeal idea to the voters. I personally think it's up-hill battle to win a repeal via a public vote, generally because if a ban is in place, most of the residents have had very little personal interaction with the banned breeds and thus, are more apt to have to rely on the media...

  • Sioux City, IA -- a 6 year look back at its breed-specific legislation

    from Kc dog blog

    Thursday October 2nd, 2014 at 03:28 PM

    Sioux City, IA passed a ban on pit bulls in mid-year 2008 - -and over the past 6 years has been the source of a lot ofembarrassing momentsfor the city, including:

    1) Unconstitutional paperwork issues

    2)Law enforcement illegally targeting people who spoke up against the law

    3) Breed identification issuesdue in part to the veterinary community refusing to work with the city to enforce the law

    4) Civil suits about the arbitrary nature of the law

    5) Asituation where one of the council members who was...

  • Behavioral differences among breeds of dogs -- current status of science

    from Kc dog blog

    Monday September 29th, 2014 at 05:48 PM

    Recently, a new research paper was published in the Applied Animal Behavior Science entitled"Behavioral differences among breeds of domestic dogs: Current status of the science."

    The study does not present new data, per se, but instead looks at the depth and breadth of canine behavior science over the past 50 years and provides a very detailed look at what we know about behavior differences among breeds, what we think we know about these differences, and opportunities for more research.


  • Very Good Sentences -- from the Huffington Post on Merritt Clifton

    from Kc dog blog

    Wednesday September 24th, 2014 at 04:07 PM

    Earlier today, Douglas Anthony Cooper wrotea very nice article for the Huffington Postabout Merritt Clifton.

    In the piece, he calls out Clifton as a "fraud" from a research perspective -- and in the process, takes out Canadian Columnist Barbara Kay in the process who has oft relied on Clifton as the "primary resource" for her opinion pieces.

    In the piece, Cooper calls Clifton an "academic fraud" for stating that he had over 100 differet peer-reviewed articles when he, in fact, has none.


  • Welcome back -- And Invite to the Best Friends Conference 2014

    from Kc dog blog

    Monday September 22nd, 2014 at 09:05 PM

    Admittedly, "welcome back" probably applies more to me than to you. We've had a LOT going on at KC Pet Project lately and blogging has had to take a back seat. Sorry.

    But I have a backlog of good stuff to share, so stay tuned this week!

    In the meantime, I also wanted to issue an official invite to come out to the Best Friends Conference in Las Vegas October 23-26. I will be speaking about KC Pet Project, how we were formed, about what I feel has made us successful, mistakes we made, how you...

  • New program in Kansas City cuts the number of dogs shot by police by 80%

    from Kc dog blog

    Wednesday September 10th, 2014 at 07:33 AM

    The headlines seem common. Family pet, shot by police officer. The family is upset about losing their family pet and the police are painted as uncaring, uncompassionate people.

    Being a police officer is tough work. By definition, they're often dealing with the criminal element. And often, find themselves caught in the situations where they have to make split-second, life or death decisions.

    A new program in Kansas City is helping to minimize the number of times these life-or-death decisions...

  • New video on breed-specific preemption bills

    from Kc dog blog

    Monday September 8th, 2014 at 01:44 PM

    Below is a good video put together that highlights much of the testimoy in South Dakota and Utah for the passing of their statewide bills that preempt municipalities from passing laws targeting specific breeds of dogs.

    The testimony tackles property rights issues and the state as a check of abusive local government policy. It tackles the issue of personal responsibility and accountability. And it tackles the issue of inconsistent laws that create scenarios where a person can be walking down...

  • Ideas I Love: Community Cat Photo Project

    from Kc dog blog

    Thursday August 21st, 2014 at 09:26 AM

    I sawthis articlethis morning and I'm just captivated by the idea.

    Jason and Elizabeth Putsche have begun a photo project to help raise awareness for community and feral cats -- taking beautiful pictures of the cats in their natural environment ith the goal of changing perceptions toward feral cats and how they can be a symbiotic part of our world.

    While sometimes we think of outdoor cats as having tough lives and being full of disease and harm, the reality is, most live very good lives, are...

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