Publication name: The Wall Street Journal
URL for more info: http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052702304778304576377744105236346.html
When Jan Van Dusen appeared before a U.S. Tax Court judge and a team of Internal Revenue Service lawyers more than a year ago, there was more at stake than her tax deduction for taking care of 70 stray cats.
Hanging in the balance were millions of dollars in annual tax deductions by animal-rescue volunteers across the nation—and some needed clarity on the treatment of volunteers' unreimbursed expenses for 1.55 million other IRS-recognized charities.
Publication name: philly.com
URL for more info: http://www.philly.com/philly/blogs/pets/With-a-new-watchdog-in-the-Capitolmusings-on-a-decade-of-dog-law-.html
Back in the dark of ages of Pennsylvania dog law (circa 2002), long before Oprah Winfrey catapulted the state and its infamous "puppy mills" onto the world's stage, a small band of women set out to find out why so many breeding dogs were suffering in filthy kennels.
They quietly but persistently sent email requests for documents and questioned why inspection reports noted repeated violations yet so little had been done to hold the breeders accountable.
They asked then-gubernatorial candidate Ed Rendell if he would do something to help. He promised he would "immediately redress the problem" if elected.
Associated Press: Pennsylvania's top dog-law enforcer replaced
Publication/Event date: 2011-06-22
Publication name: Times Beacon Record
URL for more info: http://www.northshoreoflongisland.com/Articles-i-2011-06-23-88718.112114-sub18235.112114-Puppy-mill-sales-ban-in-the-works.html
Legislation introduced by Majority Leader Jon Cooper (D-Lloyd Neck) would ban the retail sale of puppies from puppy mills, thus compelling pet stores in Suffolk to sell only dogs that come from animal shelters, rescue organizations or responsible, county-based breeders that can show the puppies' mother is on the premises.
Violators would be fined $500 or $1,000 per puppy, according to a draft of the legislation.
Riverhead Patch: Animal Advocates Support Ban of Puppies for Retail Sale
Riverhead Local: Three hour hearing on puppy sales ban: to be continued
Publication name: Corona Del Mar Today
URL for more info: http://www.coronadelmartoday.com/21378/home/national-group-investigating-cdm-puppy-store/
A national animal rights group has launched an investigation into the newly opened I Heart Puppies shop in Corona del Mar.
The store, which opened Friday, may have puppies for sale that come from “an egregious violator of the Animal Welfare Act,” said Carole Davis, West Coast director for the Companion Animal Protection Society. She declined to say how she obtained her evidence, but she said it includes undercover video footage of the breeder’s facility and “is not hearsay.”
Corona Del Mar Parch: Animal Rights Group Investigates I Heart Puppies Store in Corona del Mar
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