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RSPCA wants unacceptable dog laws changed

Dog law delays are unacceptable claim RSPCA

Public pressure is key to lobbying Government department

The continued persecution of dogs based on their physical appearance is unacceptable and the law needs to change, the RSPCA says.

Britain’s biggest animal welfare charity claims the Government is dragging its heels over promises to reform dog control legislation – despite nearly nine out of 10 people arguing that the current law doesn’t protect the public effectively.*


Dogs Trust comment on the change in sentencing guidelines

Scope for improvement

As the changes to the sentencing guidelines have come into effect Dogs Trust commends the tougher revisions, but would welcome radical changes to existing legislation that better protect the public and welfare of dogs. Whilst the new guidelines will encourage courts to focus on the key factors of culpability, the charity hopes they will act as a salient reminder to dog owners of their responsibility. 

Says Clarissa Baldwin, Dogs Trust Chief Executive:


AB 1634

AB 1634 is a bill in California that has been brought to my attention by Bichon Frise breeder, Matthew Culmore. ( This legislation seeks to force owners to spay or neuter their dogs by the age of six months. While I can understand the dreadful suffering that motivates the bill, it seems there are many problems with such harsh measures.


Why AB 1634 is Bad

By Matthew Culmore

AB 1634 is a bill introduced into the California State Assembly by Lloyd Levine, an Assembly Member from Van Nuys. It mandates that all cats and dogs be spayed or neutered—surgically sterilized—before they are six months of age. The bill purports to allow some animals to get an "intact permit" and avoid surgical sterilization, at least temporarily. Failure to comply results in a minimum $500 fine and forced sterilization of your pet.

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Episode 61 - Lloyd Aguero on training and Dr. Paula Terifaj on Breed specific legislation


Released Sat March 8, 2008
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Lloyd Aguero is an innovative dog trainer who uses socialisation in training classes, and rehabilitates dogs through Project Heart. Dr Paula Terifaj is passionately opposed to breed specific legislation, and she sets out the reasons why.
DogCast Radio News covers identical dogs and a dog who is one in a million.
Hear a review of The Diplomatic Dog of Barbados, how one brave youngster reacted to the poisoning of her dogs, and how Trover Coats are helping dogs in need.

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188 - Service Dogs UK and Roxie the Doxie Finds Her Forever Home

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187 - Muffins Halo and Chorley Fun Dog Show

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186 - Maxwell Muir on wolves

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