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Legislators look at banning wild animals in traveling shows

Oct. 23, 2019 10:25 AM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts legislators and animal activists are working to ban traveling shows from using elephants, primates, big cats and bears for entertainment purposes. The Joint Committee on Tourism, Arts and Cultural Development heard testimony related to the bill Tuesday. Activists say there is...

Fantasy Fest kicks off annual celebration in Key West

Oct. 18, 2019 4:27 AM EDT

KEY WEST, Fla. (AP) — Key West's decadent annual Fantasy Fest celebration is kicking off 10 days of masquerade parties, elaborate costume contests, street fairs and other festivities. The 2019 festival, which begins Friday, is themed "In Tune But . Off Key." Participants are encouraged to design costumes...

Georgia shelter closed over fatal pet illness set to reopen

Oct. 17, 2019 3:19 AM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — An Atlanta-area animal shelter that closed to suppress an infection resulting in at least four dog deaths could reopen as early as Friday. Cobb County spokesman Ross Cavitt has said tests on dogs at the county shelter showed they had the highly contagious illness streptococcus zooepidemicus....

Iditarod changes tack, will meet with animal welfare leader

Oct. 16, 2019 6:24 PM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The new head of Alaska's Iditarod plans to meet with a leader of an animal welfare group that's devoted to ending the world's most famous sled dog race, which it sees as a cruel, deadly event for its canine participants. Organizers of the 1,000-mile wilderness trek have for decades...

Better protection sought for Thailand's helmeted hornbill

Oct. 11, 2019 4:20 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — Time is running out for Thailand's dwindling population of helmeted hornbills thanks to poaching of the exotic birds for the ivory-like casques atop their big red and yellow beaks. The species, known by the scientific name Rhinoplax vigil, is listed as "critically endangered" by the...

Rancher hopes to improve plight of sheep industry's canines

Oct. 6, 2019 3:31 AM EDT

POCATELLO, Idaho (AP) — The grandson of a longtime rancher and former state lawmaker has recently started a program that has in some ways made him the black sheep of Idaho's ovine community, the Idaho State Journal reports. Cory Peavey of the Flat Top Sheep Co., which operates out of a ranch north of Carey...

The latest in pet furniture: pieces that fit a home's decor

Oct. 1, 2019 8:59 AM EDT

No longer are furniture companies content to offer you staples like a sofa, easy chair and bed. Now they have those items for your pet, too, designed not to clash with the rest of your decor. Pottery Barn, Crate and Barrel, Ikea, Casper mattresses and other popular furniture purveyors have lines for pets, often...

Food rewards: Way to a dog's heart IS through its stomach

Oct. 1, 2019 8:22 AM EDT

Why train your dog with food rewards? A growing body of research says it's the easiest and most effective way to train. "Using treats during training is the best way to guarantee that your dog will repeat the behavior you want," says the American Kennel Club. Other methods don't work as well, experts say, and can...

Don't let your vet bill dog you forever

Oct. 1, 2019 8:15 AM EDT

On a normal car ride, Grace the brown-white Chihuahua might have been happily "singing" along in traffic with her owner, Ellen Ross. But this wasn't a normal ride. Ross, author of the lifestyle blog Ask Away, was driving her 9-year-old dog to the veterinary specialist's office in September 2016 after noticing...

Getting a second dog? Be ready for something different

Oct. 1, 2019 8:12 AM EDT

Roxy is one of those dogs who makes everything easy: "She's just all love, very little maintenance," Cameron Gearan says of her laid-back lab mix. "She never gets sick. She doesn't bark." When Gearen decided to bring a second dog into her Chicago home, she figured the new addition would offer more of the same....