Friday, August 29th

Remember Pets in Family Emergency Plans

JEFFERSONVILLE, Ind., Aug 28, 2008 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ -- Pets are often overlooked during disasters and emergencies, as seen during the recent California wildfires, which displaced 15,000 pets. With September being National Preparedness Month, PetFirst Healthcare recommends that pets be included in families' emergency plans.

"Pets cannot survive on their own," said Brent Hinton, PetFirst chief executive officer and former head of the Kentucky Humane Society. "These situations can be stressful, but with some preparation you can ensure your pet's safety during a disaster." More...

Lou on 08.29.08 @ 09:54 AM EST [link]

Bill to ban drivers from holding pets is in Gov's hands

The Assembly Thursday finished legislative work on Assembly Bill 2233 by Assemblyman Bill Maze, R-Visalia, that would prohibit motorists from holding pets in their laps or arms while driving.

Violators would face a $35 fine.

``This is an everyday occurrence,'' Maze said after the vote, noting that he saw three drivers holding pets while driving on Highway 99 Wednesday.

The bill normally would go next to the governor, who hasn't taken a position on the measure. But he has threatened to veto most bills until a budget is passed, so the measure will be held in the Assembly until the budget impasse is resolved. More...
Lou on 08.29.08 @ 09:53 AM EST [link]