A 57-year-old woman at a trailer park in Illinois was arrested on charges of misdemeanor cruelty to animals after authorities found 53 sick puppies in two freezing sheds in the area. Authorities say the puppies were being sold despite their poor health condition. The animals have been transferred to an animal shelter in Chicago Heights where they are being given proper medical care.
More veterinarians in the U.S. are offering acupuncture and other homeopathic solutions to treat pet ailments. However, AVMA notes that the scientific evidence as to the efficacy of such treatments in pets remains inconclusive. "We recognize there is some indication that these treatments can benefit animals, but there has not been a preponderance of evidence saying this is the way we should be treating them over other methods that have been proven scientifically," Dr. Craig Smith of AVMA said.
Companies often fail to realize the potential of the alliances they can make by using the power of the Internet community to grow, says A.J. Harring, president of EPiServer's North American organization. Developing strategies to forge a compelling and measurable online community can build a network that encourages customer loyalty, he says.
In a new survey of small and mid-sized businesses, roughly 30% of the respondents indicated they will buy software-as-a-service products this year. Advocates for the SaaS model say it is a way to lower costs and be more competitive.
A study by the University of Newcastle found that the amount of time spent by private-practice veterinarians in treating farm animals dropped by 50% between 1998 and 2006. Most vets operate their own businesses and prioritize treating small-animal pets because they are a more lucrative income source than livestock, one of the researchers said.