Dogs en Lawmakers make another attempt to regulate “large scale” dog breeders <p></p><p><a href="">A bill that’s working its way through the state House</a> would make large-scale dog breeders register with the state. “Large scale” would be any breeder with 15 or more female dogs used for breeding puppies.</p> Sun, 15 Jun 2014 20:00:00 +0000 Lindsey Smith 17997 at Lawmakers make another attempt to regulate “large scale” dog breeders Michigan's War Dog Memorial honors 4-legged heroes <p></p><p>When you think of a war hero, what image comes to your mind?</p><p>Most likely, you think of a man or a woman dressed in desert camouflage, or a wounded warrior learning to walk again after being wounded in battle.</p><p>But there is another group of war heroes: the four-legged heroes. War dogs.&nbsp;</p><p>Their history in the U.S. military is long and proud. They were used as messenger dogs, scout or patrol dogs, and in the cases of our wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, they have been used as explosive detection dogs.&nbsp;</p><p>Unbeknownst to many of the locals, Michigan has one of the few war dog memorials in the nation, located between Milford and South Lyon in Oakland County.&nbsp;</p><p>Phil Weitlauf&nbsp;is a U.S. Army veteran, as well as a champion of the Michigan War Dog Memorial. He joined us on Stateside.&nbsp;</p><p><em>*Listen to the full interview above.</em></p><p> Mon, 12 May 2014 17:30:03 +0000 Stateside Staff 17562 at Michigan's War Dog Memorial honors 4-legged heroes Michigan Humane Society staff to sleep in doghouses <p>DETROIT (AP) - Some <a href="">Michigan Humane Society</a> staffers will be spending the night in doghouses as part of an effort to raise awareness about the dangers of leaving pets outside in freezing temperatures.</p><p></p> Sun, 16 Feb 2014 18:38:04 +0000 Associated Press 16469 at Michigan authorities are closely watching mysterious dog illness outbreak in Ohio <p>Officials in Michigan are paying close attention to a mysterious outbreak that's killing dogs in Ohio.</p><p></p><p>During the past month, more than a half dozen dogs in the Akron and Cincinnati areas have been sickened by a mysterious illness.&nbsp; About half have died, some only about 48 hours after first showing symptoms, which include severe diarrhea and vomiting.</p><p></p> Mon, 09 Sep 2013 20:30:48 +0000 Steve Carmody 14342 at Michigan authorities are closely watching mysterious dog illness outbreak in Ohio Genesee County ending 'no-kill' policy at animal shelter <p>Genesee County Commissioners decided today to resume euthanizing dogs and cats at the county animal shelter.</p><p></p><p>Less than two months ago, the county decided to institute a ‘no-kill’ policy at the shelter.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p></p><p>Under the old policy, dogs and cats would only be “put-down” with a written order from a veterinarian or a court.&nbsp;&nbsp; But shelter officials say the shelter’s animal population has soared since the policy began.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p></p><p>The new policy will give the shelter broader latitude to euthanize dogs and cats.</p><p></p> Wed, 04 Sep 2013 19:42:42 +0000 Steve Carmody 14272 at Genesee County ending 'no-kill' policy at animal shelter Proposed animal abuser registry dropped in Michigan <p>LANSING, Mich. (AP) - A bid to make Michigan the first state with an animal abuser registry has been dropped by lawmakers over concerns about cost and other issues.<br><br>Instead, the state could soon require that criminal background checks be done on every would-be pet adopter at Michigan animal shelters. The $10 fee for each check could be waived for shelters.<br><br>Judges would have to order defendants convicted of crimes against animals not to own animals for at least five years.<br> Sat, 03 Aug 2013 14:40:00 +0000 The Associated Press 13818 at Proposed animal abuser registry dropped in Michigan Michigan lawmakers grappling with how to euthanize shelter animals <p>State lawmakers are a step closer to telling Michigan animal shelters how they can euthanize dogs, cats and ferrets.</p><p></p><p>Most Michigan animal shelters put down dogs and cats using lethal injection. A bill passed by the state Senate Agriculture Committee recently would mandate all shelters use injection.</p><p></p><p>There are a handful of shelters that still use gas chambers to euthanize unwanted or unhealthy dogs and cats.</p><p></p><p>Deborah Schutt is the chairperson of the Michigan Pet Fund Alliance. She says gassing is painful and not humane.</p><p></p> Sat, 15 Jun 2013 19:38:00 +0000 Steve Carmody 13071 at Michigan lawmakers grappling with how to euthanize shelter animals Michigan's got a dog bite problem <p>A new report says dog bites are a big problem in Michigan.</p><p></p><p>The American Veterinary Medical Association ranked Michigan sixth in the nation for dog bites.</p><p></p><p>According to the association, insurance companies paid out $4.6 million in claims for dog bites in Michigan in 2012.</p><p></p><p>Bonnie Beaver is a former AVMA president. She says they’re not sure exactly how big the problem is.</p><p></p><p></p> Mon, 20 May 2013 04:09:00 +0000 Steve Carmody 12630 at Michigan's got a dog bite problem Consumers Energy wants customers to tie up their dogs to protect meter readers <p>Consumers Energy meter readers may soon start making their rounds with a police escort.</p><p></p><p>The Jackson-based utility announced it is implementing a new aggressive dog policy.</p><p></p><p>Spokesman Roger Morgenstern says last year more than a dozen Consumers meter readers were attacked or threatened by dogs.</p><p></p><p>“The fact is this is the customer’s home. The customers have a right to have pets,” says Morgenstern, “So we’re hoping this would strike a right compromise.”</p><p></p><p></p> Tue, 14 May 2013 17:46:47 +0000 Steve Carmody 12560 at Consumers Energy wants customers to tie up their dogs to protect meter readers Most popular names for Michigan dogs and cats <p>Failing schools, emergency managers, and problems at nuclear power plants have populated Michigan headlines lately.</p><p>Important, but not very cheery.</p><p>We thought we'd lighten your Friday by sharing a few stats from <a href="" target="_blank">Banfield Hospital's State of the Pet</a> report. Here are a few of our favorites.</p><p> Fri, 10 May 2013 20:08:58 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 12525 at Most popular names for Michigan dogs and cats Making room at the table for dogs <p>A state lawmaker wants to open the doors of Michigan restaurants to dogs of all shapes and sizes.</p><p></p><p>Currently, only service animals, like guide-dogs, are allowed in restaurants.</p><p></p><p>Margaret O’Brien wants to change that. &nbsp;&nbsp;The Kalamazoo County Republican wants to let local communities and restaurants decide whether they will permit dogs to sit with their owners at outdoor tables.</p><p></p> Mon, 15 Apr 2013 15:58:00 +0000 Steve Carmody 12136 at Making room at the table for dogs Pack of Lansing dog owners fill city council session on vicious dogs <p>A large crowd of dog owners packed a Lansing city council meeting on the city’s vicious dog ordinance.&nbsp; The city council's public safety committee heard from about a dozen speakers during its hour long meeting.</p><p></p><p>Mayor Virg Bernero wants Lansing to adopt a new law that requires additional insurance and fencing requirements on the owners of specific breeds of dog, including pit bulls.</p><p></p><p>Beth Contreras is the vice president of Voiceless Michigan, an animal welfare group. She says the mayor’s proposal is the wrong approach.</p><p></p> Tue, 05 Mar 2013 19:54:13 +0000 Steve Carmody 11531 at Pack of Lansing dog owners fill city council session on vicious dogs Dogs helping veterans with PTSD <p>As part of Michigan Radio's <a href="">Seeking Change</a> series, Morning Edition Host <a href="">Christina Shockley</a> talked with Terran Frye. He’s a veteran of the Marine Corp and had two deployments in Iraq. He’s now the veteran liaison for an organization called <a href="">Stiggy’s Dogs</a>, based in Howell Township. It trains psychiatric service dogs to help military vets who suffer from PTSD or Traumatic Brain Injury.</p> Mon, 08 Oct 2012 16:56:23 +0000 Christina Shockley & Emily Fox 9415 at Dogs helping veterans with PTSD Genesee County cracks down on unlicensed dogs <p>FLINT, Mich. (AP) - After a brief amnesty, Genesee County officials are sending a small army of enforcers door to door to find dogs that don&#39;t have a license.<br /><br /> The Animal Control Department predicts the crackdown could raise more than $250,000 in fees this summer. There are 18 full-time workers who will sell licenses on the spot or write tickets.<br /> Sat, 23 Jun 2012 19:44:15 +0000 The Associated Press 8000 at Genesee County cracks down on unlicensed dogs “Puppy protection act” may have prevented Allegan cruelty case <p>;v=xCA9C6ScYu8</p><p>Last&nbsp;week&nbsp;<a href="">Allegan County officials took more than 350 small breed dogs </a>(more litters of puppies have&nbsp;arrived&nbsp;since) from a two bedroom home in Cheshire Township, about 30 miles&nbsp;northwest of Kalamazoo.</p><p>More than 300&nbsp;of the animals have ended up in shelters across the state to help the over burdened shelter in Allegan County, and to get the dogs through the adoption process quicker.&nbsp;</p><p>The owners were breeding the small&nbsp;dogs for sale. This report came from the Associated Press.</p><blockquote><p>The sheriff&#39;s department said Cheri and George Burke, both 64, were arraigned Wednesday (April 11<sup>th</sup>, 2012) at the Allegan County jail on felony animal cruelty charges following an investigation by animal control officers and sheriff&#39;s officials. According to authorities, some of the dogs were covered in feces and fleas, and some had eye problems.</p></blockquote><p>Some hope the cruelty case will help get the public to push lawmakers behind a bi-partisan effort to license large scale commercial breeders. It&rsquo;s called&nbsp;the&nbsp;<a href=";objectname=2012-SB-0891&amp;query=on">&ldquo;puppy protection act&rdquo;.</a></p><p>&ldquo;Something like this bill would give us the authority to make sure it doesn&rsquo;t get to this point,&rdquo; said Dr. Steve Halstead, the Michigan Department of Agriculture&#39;s State Veterinarian.&nbsp;</p><p>The&nbsp;proposed state bill would&rsquo;ve given his office authority to inspect the dog&rsquo;s conditions before getting&nbsp;a state license.&nbsp;&ldquo;It&rsquo;s working with the proprietors to make sure that the animals never suffer,&rdquo; Halstead said. Sun, 15 Apr 2012 21:30:44 +0000 Lindsey Smith 7044 at The Wonder Years <p>April is prevention of cruelty to animals month. Michigan based writer, Wade Rouse shares a story about why it&rsquo;s a month of note for him.</p><p>Over the last year,&nbsp; Rouse has been sharing stories about his life, the holidays and other days of significance on the calendar.</p><p>You can find his stories in his book titled, <em>It&rsquo;s All Relative &ndash; Two families, three dogs, 34 holidays, and 50 boxes of wine&hellip;a memoir<strong>. </strong></em></p><p>&nbsp;</p> Fri, 13 Apr 2012 21:39:41 +0000 Wade Rouse 7042 at The Wonder Years Detroit dogs get a big gift to start the new year <p>The <a href="">Detroit Dog Rescue</a>, an organization devoted to Detroit&rsquo;s estimated 50,000 stray dogs got a huge boost to start the New Year.</p><p>Detroit Dog Rescue received more than $1.5 million from an anonymous donor.</p><p>Early this year, Detroit officials quashed an effort to make a TV documentary about the city&rsquo;s stray dog population.</p><p>But out of that effort, the Detroit Dog Rescue was born. The group rescues abandoned dogs from the streets, then works to place them in permanent homes.</p> Sat, 31 Dec 2011 07:08:48 +0000 Sarah Cwiek 5595 at Detroit dogs get a big gift to start the new year Fatal bacterial disease claiming pet dogs in metro Detroit <p>A disease that can quickly kill dogs has resurfaced in metro Detroit after almost 40 years.</p><p>It&rsquo;s called leptospirosis.</p><p>The bacterial disease is spread by rats, and from dog to dog. It can also infect humans.</p><p>Dr. Carole Bolin is a professor at Michigan State University College of Veterinary Medicine.</p><p>She said the onset of symptoms in dogs can be very sudden.</p><p><em>&ldquo;The inside of their mouth may be yellow-tinged, and they may be severely vomiting, and obviously very, very ill,&quot;</em> Bolin said.<em> &quot;And those animals, when taken to the veterinarian, have very severe abnormalities which are consistent with liver and kidney failure.&rdquo;</em></p><p>Bolin said more than 20 cases of leptospirosis have been reported in Detroit-area dogs in the past three weeks. Most were pets and most had to be euthanized.</p><p>A vaccine is available to prevent the disease. Fri, 28 Oct 2011 15:49:15 +0000 Rina Miller 4735 at Fatal bacterial disease claiming pet dogs in metro Detroit In this morning's news... <p><strong>Drama in Detroit</strong></p><p>It seems to be a case of &quot;he said, she said.&quot;</p><p>Rochelle Collins, a former executive assistant to the mayor, says she was wrongfully terminated and is seeking a settlement from the city, according to the <a href="|topnews|text|FRONTPAGE">Detroit Free Press</a>.</p><p>The Free Press reports that the city says Collins was not terminated, and now the Mayor&#39;s office is speaking out.</p><p>From the <a href="|topnews|text|FRONTPAGE">Detroit Free Press</a>:</p><blockquote><p>Mayor Dave Bing&rsquo;s office launched an unusual preemptive strike today against a potential lawsuit by a former aide, saying her demand for reinstatement to a high-level position and $750,000 amounted to extortion to avoid the release of &ldquo;salacious details&rdquo; designed to embarrass the administration.</p><p>&ldquo;We will not be intimidated by such tactics and will vigorously defend any attempt to raid the treasury of the City of Detroit and get a lottery-style payoff,&rdquo; attorney Sharon McPhail, who is representing the city, told the Free Press.</p></blockquote><p><strong>Saginaw officials could pass &quot;dangerous dogs&quot; ordinance</strong></p><p>On the heels of a debate in the <a href="">State Legislature about pit bulls</a> comes a city ordinance aimed at breeds deemed &quot;dangerous.&quot;</p><p>Justin Engel reports in the Saginaw News that city officials say their proposed &quot;dangerous dogs&quot; ordinance could have prevented the <a href="">mauling of a twelve year old boy</a>.</p><p>From the <a href="">Saginaw News</a>:</p><blockquote><p>The Saginaw ordinance, which the council could approve at its June 20 meeting, addresses both pit bull breeds and tethering.<br /><br />The proposal requires owners of pit bulls &mdash; along with Rottweilers, German shepherds, presa canarios and bull mastiffs &mdash; to register their animals with the city for a one-time $20 payment or face fines up to $400.<br /><br />The measure also forbids tethering dogs to objects outdoors &ldquo;for extended periods&rdquo; or face additional fines.</p></blockquote><p><strong>Black Bear wandering in Washtenaw County</strong></p><p>From the Associated Press:</p><p>WEBSTER TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) - Authorities say they&#39;ve confirmed that a black bear cub is wandering in Washtenaw County.</p><p><a href=""></a> reported Tuesday that the sheriff&#39;s department confirmed the bear sighting in Webster Township near Dexter, about 9 miles northwest of Ann Arbor.</p><p>The confirmation comes after three bear sightings Saturday, including two at Hudson Mills Metropark and one at a home near the park.</p><p>Authorities are asking anyone that spots the bear to call 911. Since a cub was seen, authorities say a mother bear may also be in the area.</p><p><strong>Backpack bomb scare</strong></p><p>The backpack was left outside the IRS building in Detroit.</p><p>From the <a href="|topnews|text|FRONTPAGE">Detroit Free Press</a>:</p><blockquote><p>A backpack that set off a bomb scare outside the IRS building on Michigan Avenue in Detroit has been detonated by the Detroit Police Bomb Squad.</p><p>The backpack was found at about 4:30 a.m. at the corner of Third and Michigan, said Detroit Police Inspector Don Johnson. A power source spotted after an X-ray of the bag, prompted authorities to detonate the bag at the scene, versus remove it and detonate it elsewhere, he said.</p><p>Johnson, who would not elaborate on what the power source was, said investigators will review surveillance video to determine whether the bag was left accidentally or intentionally. Wed, 15 Jun 2011 13:16:20 +0000 Mark Brush 2890 at In this morning's news... Saving Animals <p></p><p><font color="#000000" face="Arial" id="role_document" size="2"><font size="4"><font size="4"><font size="4">There&rsquo;s been a big controversy lately involving the Michigan Humane Society -- and by extension, every animal shelter in the state. It has to do with how many animals they have to kill.</font></font></font></font></p> Mon, 13 Jun 2011 16:59:17 +0000 Jack Lessenberry 2857 at Saving Animals