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Jun 2018

  1. Dogs can detect agricultural diseases early

    A study from Florida International University looks at the possibilities of using scent-discriminating dogs to detect laurel-wilt affected wood. This agricultural disease has been impacting avocado trees.

  2. JetBlue tightens policy on emotional support animals

    JetBlue joins other airlines in modifying its policy for emoational support animals. Their new policy applies to ESAs only, and will require passengers to complete three documents more than 48 hours in advance of a trip if they wish to travel with their ESA. This policy goes into effect July 1.

  3. Human encouragement might influence how dogs solve problems

    A new study from Oregon State University looks at how human encouragement can influence dogs to solve problems. The study compared pet dogs and search-and-rescue dogs and gave them the same problem-solving task. While both types of dogs spent the same amount of time attempting to solve the...

  4. HSTC's new pet therapy programs bring comfort and joy

    Palm City's Humane Society of the Treasure Coasts's Misty's Pals has begun bringing pet therapy volunteers to Port St. Luci's Tradition Medical Center and Stuart's Martin County Court System for monthly visits.

  5. Hop hop hooray for Toaster the therapy bunny

    Residents at a Halifax retirement home recently had the opportunity to participate in animal-assisted therapy with a rabbit. Named Toaster, the rabbit is currently completing training.

  6. Thousands of turtles netted off South America

    Researchers conducting surveys at 43 harbors throughout Ecuador, Peru, and Chile have found that small-scale fisheries catch 46,000 sea turtles each year, and kill approximately 16,000 of those. Since these surveys didn't gather data from all the ports in the area, the actual numbers of...

  7. Lawmakers consider public registry of convicted animal abusers

    Lawmakers in New Jersey are considering a public registry of convicted animal abusers as animal shelters can't always afford background checks of each of person who comes in to adopt a pet. The bill calls for the public list of those convicted of criminal animal cruelty to be on the...