The DogChannel Newswire (11-10-10)

New Jersey introducing new animal-cruelty laws, winter treatment for fleas encouraged; other news.

Extended Flea Season Could Cause Problems for Unprotected Pets
Experts warn that cooler weather doesn’t mean pet owners should discontinue treating their animals for fleas. Regular bathing, combing and preventive application can help keep these parasites away during the winter, reports.
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California Pet Owners Urged to Create Pet-Emergency Plans
The South Pasadena Animal Commission met last week to discuss ways for pet owners to protect their pets during emergency situations, such as earthquakes. As the first line of defense, pet owners should take common-sense precautions to protect pets from both the expected and unexpected, South Pasadena Patch reports.
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Vets With PTSD Train Dogs to Help Comrades
The new Paws for Purple Hearts program set up at military hospitals in California and Maryland recruits veterans coping with post-traumatic stress disorder to train service dogs. The dogs, who will eventually become working partners for veterans with physical disabilities, spend the first two years of their lives providing emotional therapy while learning service skills, The Washington Post reports.
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New Jersey Bills Target Animal Cruelty
Earlier this year, the Humane Society of the United States ranked New Jersey second on a list of states with the most animal-cruelty laws. Only California has more laws protecting animals. But law-enforcement officers say animal cruelty remains a serious problem throughout the state, while legislators say New Jersey’s cruelty statutes are nebulous, reports.
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