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Apr 2018

  1. Horses remember facial expressions of people they've seen before

    Psychologists from the University of Sussex and the University of Portsmouth recently released a study that indicated horses can read people's emotional expressions and remember them later. This ability allows them to better identify potential threats and adapt their behavior if necessary....

  2. Animal bites increase in spring

    St. Francois County Health Center warns Parkland residents that spring is a season when animal bites, including dog bites, increase. Director of the center Jessica McKnight highlights the importance of keeping dogs vaccinated and avoiding situations more likely to result in bite incidents.

  3. After 4 Decades, A Rare Disease Has Re-Emerged in Nigeria

    According to a research letter recently released by the CDC, zoonotic disease monkeypox re-emerged in Nigeria in September 2017. Prior to this, the last Nigerian case of this illness was a 4-year-old child in 1978.

  4. Dogs Can't Have Autism, UK Officials Say After Vaccine Scare

    The British Veterinary Association issued a statement that dogs cannot develop autism to combat the anti-vaccine movement that has begun to impact pet owners. The spread of that misconception could decrease pet vaccination rates, which are already low in Britain.

  5. Professional dog walking fuels rise in dog training education

    Unitec's Canine Behaviour and Training certificate is gaining popularity as dog walking has increased as a profession.  Students going through the program to acquire this certificate learn skills and basic knowledge related to the handling and care of a variety of animals.

  6. Eugene Police now equipped with thermometers for 'pet in hot car' calls

    In addition to the animal welfare officers, police in Eugene, Oregon will now carry thermometers in their patrol cars for instances when they are called to the scene when a pet is found in a hot car. These thermometers can assist the officers in determining if a dog is in danger.

  7. Carroll College anthrozoology program receives $1M+ donation for new canine center

    The Anthrozoology program at Carroll College received a gift of $1.25 million for a new canine center. Program director Dr. Anne Perkins says it will make Carroll the only college to have a canine center dedicated to both training and research that furthers the understanding of dogs. The center...

  8. Assistance Canine Training Services receives $2500 grant

    A grant of $2,500 has been awarded to the Assistance Canine Training Services organization. A North Conway non-profit, Assistance Canine Training Services performs work to raise and train service dogs for people with physical disabilities, as well as dogs to work in animal-assisted therapy settings.

  9. Popular pooch Pickles brightens students' days

    Veteran pet therapy pup Pickles provides support to St Bernard Primary's students and staff. On the days he visits, students can read to him to improve their literacy skills, and he spends recess and lunch with the school staff.

  10. The science behind the human-animal bond

    Missing for nearly 24 hours, a Blount County boy was kept safe by his dog. A local news team interviews animal behavioralist Dr. Julia Albright of the University of Tennessee Veterinary Medical School to learn more about why the pet would have stayed and protected him.

  11. Protect forest elephants to conserve ecosystems, not DNA

    New research has found that forest elephant populations across Central Africa are genetically quite similar to one another. Conserving this critically endangered species across its range is crucial to preserving local plant diversity in Central and West African Afrotropical forests -- meaning...

  12. Archaeologists on ancient horse find in Nile River Valley

    An ancient horse burial at Tombos along the Nile River Valley shows that a member of the horse family thousands of years ago was more important to the culture than previously thought, which provides a window into human-animal relationships more than 3,000 years ago.

  13. Here's How Much Pet Insurance Costs -- And What It Really Does

    What you really bought was the peace of mind that comes from knowing if something catastrophic and expensive happened to your pet, you wouldn't be in the horrific position of “economic euthanasia,” or being forced to put a beloved pet down because you can't afford to treat its...

  14. People need pets: how dogs can help children read

    Dr Emma Vardy is speaking today at the Royal Society of Medicine's meeting, People 'need' pets: exploring the psycho-social benefits of the human/animal relationship. '

  15. Animal cruelty bill 'terrible,' says chief

    Jeb Bradley's bill (SB 569) by the House Environment and Agriculture Committee removed bond requirements for those accused but not yet convicted of animal cruelty. 

  16. Dog found near Langoni Field tests positive for rabies

    The Pueblo Department of Public Health and Environment said on Wednesday that a dog from the 1900 block of West 27th Street near Langoni Field tested positive for rabies on Tuesday.