Dogs In The News
Tough new laws for dangerous dog owners
Changes in laws governing dangerous dogs will see an increase in fines for dog owners for any dog they are responsible for that is involved in an attack are to be doubled to $20,000 or a two year jail sentence. Dogs that are declared dangerous will be required to be kept on a leash and wear a muzzle at all times when in public areas. In addition to that these dogs will be required to be housed in child proof enclosures on their owners property in a bid to ensure no further accidental attacks on children.
Pioneering Australian vets save Kelpie
Kelpie named Rave is alive and has a place in history thanks to pioneering Australian vets, the Herald Sun reported.
A team at the University of Melbourne's veterinary hospital has adapted an MRI machine, after buying it second-hand from a hospital, and used it to pinpoint a life-threatening tumor deep in the 11-year-old kelpie's brain, in an Australian first.
New laws target Queensland puppy farms
THE Queensland Government aims to wipe out puppy farms under proposed new registration requirements for dog breeders.
Agriculture Minister Tim Mulherin says unscrupulous breeders who usually run large-scale operations in isolated areas will be squeezed out under a proposed two-tiered breeder registration system.
Mayor steps in to help kelpie cross
Neighbours accused of intimidating a pet pooch have been denied after the Mayor of Fremantle stepped in to keep the kelpie cross off a dangerous dog register.
In a decision published today, the State Administrative Tribunal overturned a dangerous dog order against Ubu, the pet canine of White Gum Valley resident Alex Gillam.
"It's been such a headache, stressful, days off work to attend two full days in the tribunal," Mr Gillam told oneperth.com.au.
"(Ubu) is super, super, super mellow but (if the order had been enforced) I'd never be able to take him to the park without a muzzle."
Rangers had slapped the order on Ubu after six alleged attacks between May and August last year near Mr Gillam's Hope Street property.
It's confirmed, dogs are smarter than cats
Dogs are cleverer than cats because their friendly character has helped them develop bigger brains, a study set to end the argument between pet lovers has shown.
The intelligence of "a man’s best friend" has evolved at a greater rate than the less social cat over millions of years, scientists at Oxford University have claimed.
It was often thought that the feline pet was smarter than its canine counterpart because it needed less attention but researchers have discovered that cat's brains are smaller because they are less social.
Election 2010 - Become a Political Animal
An election has been called for the 21st August 2010 and we would like to invite you to support us in supporting the RSPCA in becoming a Political Animal.
One of the campaigns of the RSPCA is the removal of Puppy Mills and/or Puppy Farms of which we fully support. However to make this an election issue we need your support by putting pen to paper or fingers to the keyboard and letting your local member know this is an issue that is important to you and ever other dog lover across Australia.
For more details on how you can help visit the RSPCA Political Animal web site
The more that voice their support the greater the chance that something will get done and puppy mills and/or puppy farms will be shut down.