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    Road ready

    Peninsula Humane Society & SPCA had its new animal services trucks customized with "dog stairs" instead of ramps.

    Finding the animal control vehicle that's right for you

    March/April 2013

    Both experienced animal welfare professionals and vehicle manufacturers weigh in on how you can get an animal control vehicle that truly meets the unique needs of your agency.

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    What happened at Spindletop?

    In July 2012, hundreds of dogs were rescued from a well-known pit bull refuge in Texas. What went wrong? And how can rescuers avoid future problems?

    The pit bull refuge once had a good reputation. Then something went wrong.

    January/February 2013

    Teri Williams is “not a T-shirt kind of gal,” so her husband ends up wearing most of the shirts she’s acquired over her years of donating to animal welfare groups. He was wearing one in church, promoting American Bulldog Rescue, on Mother’s Day 2012 when someone noticed it and told him about a bulldog running loose.

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  • Magazine Article

    Control issues

    Control poles used properly (as shown here by ACO Michael Lindsey) are a safe and humane way to handle fearful dogs, but misuse can harm animals and draw negative attention to an agency.

    Choosing and using poles to handle animals safely and humanely

    January/February 2013

    Control poles have sparked debate for decades.

    Dave Pauli, an HSUS senior director for wildlife response, calls control or catch poles “the most misused animal handling tool in the industry.”

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    Ellen and Robbie

    Wanda Johnson, animal care coordinator at Devereaux Massachusetts, a residential school for troubled youth, corrals boxer-mix Ellen and shepherd-mix Robbie for a short break from playtime.

    CASE HISTORY: Rescued with 226 other dogs and cats from an Alabama hoarding case

    January/February 2013

    No one knew how long Ellen and Robbie had been living on the 22-acre property in rural Alabama—Ellen alone in a beehive of pens holding dozens of other sick dogs, and Robbie chained to a tree. When HSUS responders arrived to assist the Houston County Sheriff’s Department on that late February day in 2011, the scene was chaotic: people squatting on the property in dilapidated campers; a hodgepodge of animal enclosures constructed from old fencing, plywood, and other rickety materials; and heaps of trash scattered everywhere.

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    The costs of animal hoarding

    Taking on a major hoarding case can stretch a shelter's staff and its budget. Planning for the costs will help your agency go in prepared.

    If your organization had to step up tomorrow, would your work break the bank?

    January/February 2013

    In 1997, a nonprofit shelter with an annual intake of approximately 12,500 domestic animals and a contract to provide animal control for a county of approximately 700,000 people took on a large-scale hoarding case. Approximately 240 goats were confiscated and held long-term, at the shelter and in several leased rural locations in the county.

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    The evolution of a field (and a magazine)

    Speaking from experience

    January/February 2013

    Answering an ad in the local paper. Visiting a shelter with a friend who wanted to adopt a dog. Fostering a kitten. Or taking to heart a co-worker’s observation that you’d be great working with animals.

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  • Magazine Article

    Working both sides of the law

    Jamie McAloon-Lampman—shown with her horses Raymond and Stanley, who she adopted after helping seize them in a neglect case—says passion for animal welfare work is the key trait she looks for in job applicants.

    Michigan county focuses on outreach as well as enforcement

    November/December 2012

    The director of animal control in Ingham County, Michigan, explains how and why her department focuses on outreach as well as enforcement.

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    Once withering, now slithering

    The Washington Humane Society seized an underweight blood python from a resident’s home and successfully pursued a cruelty conviction against the owner, who had failed to provide veterinary care.

    D.C. officers help rescue starving snake and convict former owner

    November/December 2012

    The case of the severely underweight snake raised some eyebrows, acknowledges Michael Triebwasser, a humane law officer for the D.C.-based Washington Humane Society (WHS).

    As he investigated the situation and pursued a cruelty conviction against the snake’s owner, people seemed a little surprised: Oh … a snake?

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  • Magazine Article

    Cracking down on cruelty in Colorado

    Carla Zinanti, middle, leads a seizure that resulted in the impoundment of 24 dogs and two cats, and the owner’s conviction for misdemeanor animal cruelty. Assisting with the operation are Jefferson County animal control supervisor Chana Guy, left, and animal control officer Stacy Nehm.

    Longtime animal welfare official stays cool as cases heat up

    September/October 2012

    An animal control manager discusses her experience prosecuting animal cruelty cases and how, in her view, a background in law enforcement is becoming essential to a career in animal control.

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  • Magazine Article

    Out of the past

    Updating your animal control ordinance

    July/August 2012

    An up-to-date, comprehensive animal control ordinance lets pet owners know what’s expected of them and sets the tone for the community’s attitude toward pets, their guardians, and public safety. Ready to assess and update your local ordinance? Read on.

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  • Magazine Article

    East side, west side

    Not every case attracts the media like the Bengal tiger kept in a Harlem apartment, but Mike Pastore of Animal Care & Control of New York City says there’s satisfaction to be gained from helping ordinary animals as well. Helping examine a much smaller cat is veterinary consultant Dr. Stephanie Janeczko.

    All around the town, New York official sees chances to help animals

    July/August 2012

    In this interview, Mike Pastore discusses some of the unique opportunities and challenges he faces as the director of operations for Animal Care & Control of New York City.

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  • Magazine Article

    Unforgettable

    May/June 2012

    In this installment of Unforgettable, you'll read the touching story of Beaumont, a gentle giant who suffered from the worst in some people yet still had the heart to bring out the best in others.

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  • Magazine Article

    Law, order, and animal welfare

    Nicole Montano says her position as lead animal protection officer in Spokane County is perfect for her because it allows her to pursue her passions for law enforcement and animal welfare. She helped secure the first felony dogfighting conviction in Washington state.

    Officer in Washington state says her job combines her passions

    March/April 2012

    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.

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  • Magazine Article

    The great skunk debunk

    The HSUS answers town’s call for help

    March/April 2012

    After consulting with staff members at The HSUS’s Cape Wildlife Center, residents in a Massachusetts town end up with fewer conflicts with and a greater understanding of the skunks that had “overrun” their town.

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    A matter of life and breath

    Bobby Silcott and his dog Elvis, a basset hound with a little beagle in him, demonstrate one of the pet oxygen masks that Silcott is supplying to fire and rescue departments throughout Maine. Looking on is Silcott’s lemon-drop beagle, Priscilla.

    Maine ACO leads the charge for pet oxygen masks

    January/February 2012

    Pets in Maine can breathe a little easier— literally—knowing that Bobby Silcott is on the case.

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