Hundreds of angry dog owners turned out to protest a new breed-specific ban on pit bulls and Rottweilers in one Long Island, N.Y., village. The new Rockville Centre ordinance prohibits residents from bringing home the two breeds and socks those who already own members of the banned breeds with new rules, including the requirement to spay or neuter the animal, keep the dogs leashed and muzzled in public, and carry a $100,000 insurance policy. City leaders have agreed to reconsider the ban after hearing from outraged owners.
The summer season could put pets at risk for various hazards such as dehydration, fleas and ticks, as well as diseases including heartworm and rabies. An animal expert suggests ways to protect pets from such risks, including consulting a veterinarian for flea-and-tick prevention, heartworm treatment and rabies vaccines.
The University of Victoria in Canada has unveiled plans to rid the campus of 1,400 stray rabbits by sterilization, relocation and euthanasia, and to allow only about 200 rabbits on university grounds. Rabbits not accommodated by the community will be put down using euthanasia methods deemed appropriate by AVMA, according to this article.
Kansas State University on Monday opened a research facility designed to protect the nation's agricultural systems against biological attacks. The Center of Excellence for Emerging and Zoonotic Animal Diseases, part of a $12 million grant from the Department of Homeland Security, seeks to identify ways to control diseases shared between animals and humans.
Health officials in Florida are advising residents to be on alert for mosquito-borne illnesses, after reports of 16 horses across the state that tested positive for Eastern equine encephalitis this year. Officials also are urging in-state horse owners to have their animals vaccinated to prevent further disease spread.