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Breed-Specific Bans and Other Animal Control Ordinances Affect Veterinarians
New Canadian, U.S. Privacy Laws Affect Collection, Use and Disclosure of Client Information
A recent bill brought before the U.S. House of Representatives could pave the way to making veterinary care more affordable to everyone. One legal expert says that the bill is also a step in the right direction toward a proper designation of companion animals in the eyes of the law. The Humanity and Pets Partnered Through the Years (HAPPY) Act was introduced to the House on July 31 by Rep. Thaddeus McCotter (R-Mich.) The bill proposes to amend the Internal Revenue Code to allow up to a $3,500 tax deduction for qualified pet health care expenses for qualified pets. According to the bill, “qualified pet care expenses” means money paid for the care of the pet, not including its purchase, and a “qualified pet” is defined as “a legally owned, domesticated, live animal.”
A New York City Health Department rule bans anyone from taking money to care for an animal outside a licensed kennel; the rule has long been ignored in the city, but new dog-sitting businesses have caused the department to take a second look at enforcement.
The Los Angeles City Council is considering an ordinance to prohibit the selling of commercially bred pets in retail stores for at least three years.
HR 4023, a source of contention within the veterinary profession since it made its first appearance in 2011, is now headed to the Senate for consideration. Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) and Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) will sponsor the bill, which they are touting as a solution to lowering pet owners' costs for medication,
Pet owners in California no longer have to worry whether they will be asked to declaw or devocalize their companion animals when applying to rent an apartment.
Last month, Sunshine Mills issued a dog food recall due to high levels of aflatoxin. Yesterday, they expanded the recall. Today, the FDA stepped in.
The Missouri state legislature is a step closer to approving a bill requiring pet owners to have their dogs and cats vaccinated against rabies.