BOOKS: Loyal Forces—The American Animals of World War II

From ANIMAL PEOPLE,  May/June 2013:

Loyal Forces:  The American Animals of World War II by Toni M. Kiser & Lindsey F. Barnes Louisiana State University Press (3990 W. Lakeshore Drive,  Baton Rouge,  LA 70808),  2013. 192 pages,  hardcover.  $35.00.

Loyal Forces:  The American Animals of World War II honors the many animals who helped the U.S. military during the war.  The informal use of dogs for military purposes in previous wars was made official in 1942 by the creation of a U.S. Army program called Dogs for Defense.  The program debuted by soliciting donations of German shepherds,  Labrador retrievers,  collies,  and mixes of their configuration who might have the intelligence, disposition,  and ability to obey the commands that they had to learn to do guard work and to carry messages. Contrary to the claims of pit bull enthusiasts today,  bully breeds were not used,  and are not shown among the 157 dogs depicted in Loyal Forces. Read more

BOOKS: Saving Baby: How a woman’s love for a racehorse leads to her redemption

From Animal People May-June 2013—

Saving Baby:  How a woman’s love for a racehorse leads to her redemption by JoAnne Normile with Larry Lindner  Powder Point Publishing (P.O. Box 530,  Hingham,  MA 02043),  2013.    263 pages,  paperback.  $15.00.

JoAnne Normile entered horse racing relatively late in life,  at age 43,  seven years after convincing her husband to move from urban Detroit to rural Michigan,  where they could keep horses.  

By the end of the 1980s they had two horses.  They entered the racing circuit in 1992 with Normile’s beloved Baby.   Read more

PETA apologizes to Iditarod musher for alleging that she was negligent

From ANIMAL PEOPLE,  April 2013:

ANCHORAGE––Rarely apologetic about campaign statements and tactics,  People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals apologized on April 8,  2013 to Fairbanks musher Paige Drobny for alleging in web postings and media statements that one of her dogs died during the Iditarod trail race due to her negligence.   Read more

BOOKS: Dogs of Courage

From ANIMAL PEOPLE,  March 2013:

Dogs of Courage: The heroism and heart of working dogs around the world by Lisa Rogak Thomas Dunne Books (175 Fifth Ave.,  New York,  NY 10010),  2012.  269 pages,  paperback.  $14.99.

Dogs of Courage: The heroism and heart of working dogs around the world begins with Ebony,  a hyperactive giant schnauzer.  Mike and Melenda Lanius,  who own a cleaning business called MoldBlasters,  send Ebony to a training academy to learn to sniff out mold.   Ebony now works for a living,  no longer bored or hyper. Read more

Lawsuit says spotlighting coyotes puts endangered red wolves at risk

From ANIMAL PEOPLE,  October 2012: (Actually published on November 1,  2012.)

CHAPEL HILL, N.C.-The Southern Environmental Law Center, representing Defenders of Wildlife,  the Animal Welfare Institute, and the Red Wolf Coalition,  on October 23,  2012 asked Wake County Superior Court to issue a preliminary injunction against spotlight coyote hunting in North Carolina.  A hearing was expected to be held after ANIMAL PEOPLE went to press on October 30,  with a ruling possibly coming later in the week. Read more

Walking horse shows are watched more closely than some would like

From ANIMAL PEOPLE,  September 2012:

CHATTANOOGA–U.S. District Judge Harry S. Mattice on September 19,  2012 fined Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration Hall of Fame trainer Jackie McConnell $75,000,  three years on supervised probation, and 300 hours of community service to be done for the USDA.

“It’s the stiffest sentence ever handed down under the 1970 Horse Protection Act,” exulted Humane Society of the U.S. president Wayne Pacelle.  “McConnell in 2011 was captured on tape by a Humane Society of the U.S. undercover investigator intentionally injuring the animals under his charge in order to get them to step higher and win ribbons at horse shows,” Pacelle elaborated.  “McConnell still faces 15 charges of violating Tennessee’s cruelty to animals statute in a pending case, and his guilty plea in federal court virtually guarantees the charges will stick.” Read more

Chicago-area caretaker is first known mute swan attack death

From ANIMAL PEOPLE,  June 2012:

CHICAGO–Anthony Hensley,  37,  on April 14,  2012 drowned at the Bay Colony Drive condominium complex in an unincorporated part of Cook County,  Illinois,  near Des Plaines,  west of Chicago.
Employed for about 10 years by Knox Swan & Dog LLC,   a Great Barrington firm that deploys mute swans and dogs to deter nonmigratory Canada geese,  Hensley was rushed by a mute swan while making a routine check on the swans in his care. Read more

No deal for Macau greyhounds

From ANIMAL PEOPLE,  May 2012:

No deal for Macau greyhounds

MACAU–It was a cruel April Fool  for dozens of greyhounds, the U.S. organization Grey 2K,  Animals Aust-ralia,  and the Macau animal rescue society Anima.  Macau media reported on April 1,  2012 that Anima and the Macau Yat Yuen Canidrome Company Ltd. had signed an agreement to allow Anima to rehome ex-racing greyhounds,  a first in the 82-year history of the Macau Canidrome.  Nevada casino owner Steve Wynn had reportedly donated $250,000 to build kennels for the rescued dogs. Read more

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