Posts in category "dog bites"

Dog Bite Prevention Is Every Day, Or Should Be

Dog Bite Prevention Is Every Day, Or Should Be
Though Dog Bite Prevention Week is wrapping up, the idea of preventing bites should not end on a given day. Each year, more than 800,000 people receive medical attention for dog bites. At least half of them are children, according to the American Veterinary Medical Association. While that sounds like a lot of people, it’s... Read more »

Highlights of Twenty Years of Pet Writing

Highlights of Twenty Years of Pet Writing
Summing up twenty years isn’t easy, as I begin my third decade of writing my Tribune Content Agency newspaper column I have a wealth of memories to recall. I was the first journalist to speak with a search and rescue dog handler at the World Trade Center, within 48 hours after September 11, 2001.  Driving... Read more »

Bob Fioretti: Discusses Issues with Pet Owners

Several spoke about their concerns regarding Chicago Animal Care & Control. Alderman Fioretti listened patiently, and was surprised to hear some of what goes on there (as would be other Aldermen). Additional resources will go toward Chicago Animal & Control when he is Mayor. He will create an independent panel of experts (outside politics) to offer recommendations to increase professionalism within city departments, including this one. And work in the direction of a no kill city, which he believes may be accomplished. The more humanely we treat animals in the city, the more humanely we treat one another. The fewer animals euthanized, the more money saved, and of course, the more animals saved.
Alderman Bob Fioretti, clearly a pet lover, greeted dogs and the people attending the first ever city-wide discussion of companion animal issues. I was honored to moderate the event. Here’s an overview:   Type your email address in the box and click the “create subscription” button. My list is completely spam free, and you can... Read more »
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Citizens for Canine Attack Prevention Seek to Prevent Pit Bulls

Citizens for Canine Attack Prevention Seek to Prevent Pit Bulls
Citizens for Canine Attack Prevention, by all accounts,supports breed specific legislation (banning any dog referred to as a pit bill, and perhaps adding in other breeds). This group is holding a rally, or an ‘education program,’ as I was told to “educate the public regarding dangerous dog breeds.” There will be music, dance and theatrical... Read more »

Dogs Attack at a Birthday Party

Dogs Attack at a Birthday Party
Image two dogs identified as pit bulls running from nowhere, terrifying kids at a backyard birthday party. That’s exactly what happened on August 4 on Chicago’s South Side. And the result was the mauling of an innocent 6-year old boy, who remains in the hospital. The adults at the party acted fast to stop it... Read more »

Cat Defends Son Against Dog

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Cat saving the child, and fending off the dog….Sure, it is very possible that a cat can do this. I don’t doubt that. But it seems strange that the video would be taken at more than one angle, and that the dog would do the kind of damage shown here so quickly. Call me cynical.... Read more »
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Karen Overall Answers, Decoding Dogs

Karen Overall Answers, Decoding Dogs
This week, your questions are answered by renowned veterinary behaviorist Dr. Karen Overall, the Philadelphia, PA-based contributing author to “Decoding Your Dog: The Ultimate Experts Explain Common Dog Behaviors and Reveal How to Prevent or Change Unwanted Ones” (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, New York, NY, 2014; $27). Overall is also the author of a far more... Read more »

Killing of Dogs in Sochi: They're 'Biological Trash'

Killing of Dogs in Sochi: They're 'Biological Trash'
Killing dogs will be the new “sport” in the Olympic Village in Sochi. A pest control company, which has been killing stray dogs in Sochi for years, told The Associated Press on Monday that it has a contract to exterminate more of the dogs throughout the Olympics. Alexei Sorokin, director general of pest control firm Basya... Read more »

Homeowner's Insurance Breed Discrimination, With Chuck Goudie

Homeowner's Insurance Breed Discrimination, With Chuck Goudie
Can you imagine being insured for homeowner’s insurance for years without incident – then you do a very good thing, and adopt or rescue a dog, maybe Rottweiler or pit bull-type dog. You identify the dog to the insurer and then you are summarily dropped from the policy. Or you’re now asked to pay more... Read more »
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Dog Bites; The Truth is That Many May Go Unreported, But Others Never Reported

Dog Bites; The Truth is That Many May Go Unreported, But Others Never Reported
Q: On a recent podcast, you talked about a dog that killed a baby. When I was a kid, the family dog bit me, and he wasn’t neutered. Do you have any statistics on how many dogs bite family members? — S.F., via cyberspace A: According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention,... Read more »