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Assessing gull abundance and food availability in urban parking lots
Contributor(s):: Clark, Daniel E., Whitney, Jillian J., MacKenzie, Kenneth G., Koenen, Kiana K. G., DeStefano, Stephen
Toward an understanding of beaver management as human and beaver densities increase
Contributor(s):: Siemer, William F., Jonker, Sandra A., Decker, Daniel J., Organ, John F.
Signs Observed Among Animal Species Infected with Raccoon Rabies Variant Virus, Massachusetts, USA, 1992–2010
Contributor(s):: Xingtai Wang, Barbara G. Werner, Sandra Smole, Vasil Pani, Linda L. Han
We analyzed signs occurring among domestic and wild terrestrial animal species infected with raccoon rabies variant virus (RRV) in Massachusetts, 1992–2010. The clinical sign of aggression was significantly associated with rabid stray cats (odds ratio, OR = 2.3) and RRV affected major wild...
Deriving a biocentric history: evidence from the journal of Henry David Thoreau
Contributor(s):: McGregor, Robert Kuhn
Legislating Fear and the Public Health in Gilded Age Massachusetts
Contributor(s):: Teigen, Philip M.
Gelded Age Boston
Contributor(s):: McShane, Clay
Animal Abuse in Massachusetts: A Summary of Case Reports at the MSPCA and Attitudes of Massachusetts Veterinarians
| Contributor(s):: Donley, Lori, Patronek, Gary J., Luke, Carter
Presents a summary of case reports regarding animal abuse in Massachusetts. Number of animal abuse complaints gathered from the Massachusetts Society for the prevention of Cruelty to Animals; Role of veterinarians in animal abuse prevention; Frequency and types of animal maltreatment; Limitations...
The effects of husbandry training on stereotypic pacing in captive African wild dogs ( Lycaon pictus )
| Contributor(s):: Shyne, A., Block, M.
To examine the effects of operant conditioning on stereotypic pacing in 3 female African wild dogs located at the Franklin Park Zoo in Boston, this study made recordings of pacing behavior immediately following individual sessions of husbandry training and 2 no-training conditions. The study...
Quantifying the shelter rabbit population: an analysis of Massachusetts and Rhode Island animal shelters
| Contributor(s):: Cook, A. J., McCobb, E.
Scholarly work on the nonhuman animal shelter population has widely focused on cats and dogs. As a result, little is known about the population dynamics of domestic rabbits (Oryctolagus cuniculus) in shelters. The records from 4 companion animal shelters in Massachusetts and Rhode Island were...
Are laws prohibiting ownership of pit bull-type dogs legally enforceable?
| Contributor(s):: Wapner, M., Wilson, J. F.
Consistency of side choice in the milking parlour by Holstein-Friesian cows and its relationship with their reactivity and milk yield
| Contributor(s):: Paranhos da Costa, M. J. R., Broom, D. M.
Dairy cows often have to choose which of two sides to enter in the milking parlour. Some cows are very consistent in this choice, and it is common to assume that when these cows are more disturbed are being milked in their non-preferred side. Such disturbance might involve significantly poor...
Companion animal demographics and sterilization status: results from a survey in four Massachusetts towns
| Contributor(s):: Manning, A. M., Rowan, A. N.
A survey was conducted in four Massachusetts communities to determine levels of pet ownership and the sterilization status of those pets, to analyze the impact of sterilization on pet overpopulation, to identify major reasons owners do or do not sterilize their animals, and to assess the impact...
Childhood origins of supernurturance: the social context of early humane behaviour
| Contributor(s):: Arluke, A.
The present study examined how strong humane inclinations in children are shaped and encouraged through interactions with human and non-human animals. Ethnographic interviews were conducted with 30 supernurturing children and 30 parents attending a pre-veterinary summer camp operated by an...
Animal adoption as negotiated order: a comparison of open versus traditional shelter approaches
| Contributor(s):: Balcom, S., Arluke, A.
Recently, the sheltering community has begun to reevaluate its adoption policies and the attitudes that shelter workers have towards adopters. Some shelters are now implementing what have been termed "open" adoptions as a way of increasing the number of animals adopted into good homes, moving...
Methodological issues in studying the anxiety-reducing effects of animals: reflections from a pediatric dental study
| Contributor(s):: Schwartz, A., Patronek, G.
This article reports observations made during a study investigating the role of a therapy dog in reducing anxiety in urban children visiting the dentist in a dental clinic in Boston, Massachusetts, USA. The design and execution of the study were affected by methodological issues such as the...
Use of geospatial neighborhood control locations for epidemiological analysis of community-level pet adoption patterns
| Contributor(s):: Patronek, G. J.