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  • Kennett, MO repeals ban on pit bulls

    from Kc dog blog

    Saturday December 20th, 2014 at 07:46 AM

    Kennett, MO is a small community of a little more than 10,000 people in the very Southeastern part of the state and is the hometown of Sheryl Crow.

    This week, the city council in the small community voted unanimously to remove "Pit bulls" from the definition of "dangerous dogs" in the community.

    "There will be some people concerned on behalf of the risk factor involved," Said souncilman Roger Wheeler. "But there will be a lot more I think who will appreciate the fact that theri dog is not...

  • A missed opportunity for improving public safety in Kansas City, KS

    from Kc dog blog

    Friday December 12th, 2014 at 07:35 AM

    Last week, at meeting of the Unified Government of Wyandotte County meeting in Kansas City, KS, mayor Mark Holland called the situation involving stray and feral dogs in the community "a crisis".

    Commissioner Ann Murguia pointed to the standing-room crowd of in attendance and pleaded with her fellow commissioners to make animal control funding a priority. She noted that everyone knew animal control was under-funded, and that the large turnout showed how important the topic of animal control...

  • BSL -- arbitrary, unfair and targeting resources at the wrong people

    from Kc dog blog

    Saturday November 29th, 2014 at 08:17 AM

    Over the last couple of weeks, BSL has gotten tremendously exposed for the failure that it is as communities across the country have again begun repealing bans....or in several cases, enforcing bans on the absolutely wrong people and displaying just how unfair, and ridiculous, laws targeting breeds of dogs are.

    And I think there are two things to make particular note of as you read through the stories:

    #1) The arbitrary nature of the law. Many of the folks in these stories had no idea the law...

  • 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.

    The...

  • 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.

    Cooper...

  • 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...

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