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  • Tufts Animal Care and Condition Scales

    The Tufts Animal Care and Condition (TACC) Scales were developed in 1997 by Dr. Gary Patronek, with assistance from Lori Donley, MS '97, the Fort Wayne Dept. of Animal Care and Control, and the Law Enforcement Division of the Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals to help cruelty investigators and veterinarians assess cases of animal abuse or neglect that are primarily related to husbandry, as opposed to deliberate acts of cruelty.

  • September 1, 2014

    From Chained to Cherished

    Washington Animal Rescue Leage in Maryland provides rehab and loving homes for dogfighting victims.

  • January 1, 2014

    The Underside of the Big Top

    Animal control officers can play a critical role in ensuring circus animals receive better treatment and help prevent cruelty.

  • November 1, 2013

    Anatomy of a Puppy Mill Raid

    Puppy mill rescues are often the culmination of months of preparation, and, when they happen, they're a methodical step toward putting one of an estimated 10,000 puppy mills in the U.S. out of business.

  • January 1, 2013

    The Costs of Animal Hoarding

    Taking on a major hoarding case can stretch a shelter’s staff and its budget. We offer tips about how to plan for the costs of such cases, and present them to supporters so they can help you defray the expenses.

  • March 1, 2012

    Law, Order, and Animal Welfare

    Following her two passions—law enforcement and animal welfare—leads an animal control officer to help secure the first felony dogfighting conviction in Washington state.

  • January 1, 2012

    Ambassador of Adorable

    Meet Nikki, a pit bull-boxer mix who suffered abuse as a puppy and went on to become a humane education superstar and a powerful face in the struggle against animal cruelty.

  • January 1, 2012

    Her Casa is Their Casa

    Get the scoop on a successful kennel enrichment program that makes shelter dogs happier and more adoptable.

  • July 1, 2011

    A New Day for Fight-Bust Dogs

    Not too long ago, dogs seized from dogfighting rings were assumed to be too dangerous to place. The Michael Vick case and its ensuing media coverage of rehabilitated pit bulls served as a wake-up call that better options exist for these dogs.

  • March 1, 2011

    Pit Bull Palace

    Find out how staff and volunteers at a shelter in Missouri transformed a rented warehouse into a place of healing for hundreds of pit bulls rescued as part of an enormous multi-state dogfighting raid in 2009.

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