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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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 Found Tied To Tree Euthanized

Hyde Park, NY: Patch.com reports that a dog who was found tied to a tree had to be euthanized a couple of weeks after he was found. Lynne Meloccaro, executive director of the Dutchess County SPCA, said that Pesci, as the dog was named after being rescued, began having trouble breathing and was humanely euthanized. Melocarro said Pesci’s condition deteriorated despite […]

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Widow of Georgia Dog Trainer Charged with Animal Cruelty

Dalton, GA: The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that Morgan Kinder, the widow of a local dog trainer, has been indicted on 22 counts of animal cruelty. According to the report, “Kinder’s late husband, 46-year-old Stephen Kinder, operated a dog training business in Cleveland but housed many of the animals at the couple’s Georgia home, officials said. Authorities were sent first to […]

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