Susan Nilson began her career with Reuters in London, England, and has over 15 years’ editorial experience in print and digital publications across Europe, Asia and the Middle East. She is currently managing editor of BARKS from the Guild. She is also a companion animal behavior consultant and trainer (Centre of Applied Pet Ethology) and an accredited professional canine behavior consultant (Pet Professional Accreditation Board).

Australian Capital Territory Passes “Tough” New Animal Sentience Laws

Canberra, Australia: The Canberra Times reports that the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) has become the first jurisdiction to recognize pets as sentient beings after  new animal welfare laws were passed in the Legislative Assembly today. According to the report, the laws, “which will come into effect in six months, recognise that animals can feel and perceive the world around them, […]

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Three Movie Set Dog Trainers Accused of Animal Cruelty

Pittsburgh, PA: Three dog trainers have been accused of animal cruelty while working on the set of Manhunt: Lone Wolf, according to a report in The Independent. Trainers Antonio Spencer and Ed Wiernik each face two counts of animal cruelty while Philip Hoelcher faces four counts following a call made by an employee from the movie’s camera department to the […]

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Dutchess County Approves New Laws to Protect Animals

Hyde Park, NY: Patch reports that two new pieces of legislation to prevent animal cruelty have been signed into law in Dutchess County by County Executive Marc Molinaro and County Legislature Chairman Gregg Pulver. According to the report: “One resolution establishes an animal abuse registry, restricting those who have committed serious animal welfare crimes to be banned from owning or […]

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Dog Goes Missing in Care of Pet Sitter

Vancouver, BC: A report by CTC News Vancouver states that two-year-old shepherd mix, Sami, owner by the Brennan family, went missing after being dropped off at a pet sitter’s home. The sitter had been found online via, a Seattle-based company that connects dog owners with local pet-sitters who advertise through its website. Later the same day Sami was dropped […]

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Owners Say Dog Sitter Damaged Their Home, Stole Belongings

Rochester, NY: reports that a couple returned from a European vacation to find their car in a different spot to where they had left it and with the windshield smashed, as well as damage inside their home, garbage all over the kitchen, and “thousands of dollars worth of belongings, including wedding bands, appliances, and more” taken. According to the […]

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