The DogChannel Newswire (3-1-11)

Shanghai passes one-dog law; Palm Beach County considers tougher rules for pet shops; and other news.

Shanghai Passes One-Dog Law
Shanghai has adopted a one-dog policy, passing a law limiting homes to one canine each as it tries to curb the growing popularity of man’s best friend in China’s leading metropolis. The law takes effect May 15, the official China Daily reported Thursday. Under the law, dog owners must also give their pets’ puppies to eligible no-dog households or to government-approved adoption agencies before the pups reach three months, AFP reports.
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Palm Beach County Considers Tougher Rules for Pet Shops
In a growing effort to protect animal owners, Palm Beach County, Fla., commissioners on Tuesday will consider requiring pet stores to tell customers where the puppies and kittens they sell were born and bred. The rules, part of a sweeping reform package, would make pet stores display a notice on each cage disclosing a laundry list of information about the animal, including the names and addresses of the people who bred the dog or cat and who sold it to the shop, reports the Palm Beach Post.
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Puppies With Fatal Virus Reportedly Brought to Massachusetts
Massachusetts’ animal protection officers said some puppies brought from the Midwest to Massachusetts early in February were infected with the dangerous and contagious canine parvovirus. The Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals said it got a report of sick animals at a home in Norfolk County and learned the dogs had been brought to the state for adoption, reports WCVB-TV.
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Missouri Inmates Turning Rescued Dogs Into Adoptable Pets
Derek Holmes takes his role as dog handler seriously. The Southeast Correctional Center inmate recently purchased “The Dog Bible.” The canine reference book aids Holmes and his cellmate/fellow dog handler Ricky Kidd in adjusting the training of their Chihuahua mix, Lil’ Bill, to meet the needs of the dog-training program, Puppies for Parole, reports the Sikeston (Mo.) Standard Democrat.
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