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2015-01-04T10:18:00Z Animal advocates cheer end to dog breed bansThe Associated Press The Associated Press

SALT LAKE CITY — Animal welfare advocates are welcoming a new state law that prevents cities and towns from banning specific dog breeds.

Advocates say the law, which was passed last year, ends discrimination against dogs like pit bulls that are perceived by some as more aggressive.

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Each year, the Association of Professional Dog Trainers (APDT), the largest professional association for dog trainers in the world, proclaims January “National Train Your Dog Month.” The goal is to promote the importance of training and socialization to all dog owners.

According to the Humane Society of the United States, between six and eight million dogs and cats are turned in to animal shelters each year, and about four million are euthanized for lack of good homes.

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Each year, the Association of Professional Dog Trainers (APDT), the largest professional association for dog trainers in the world, proclaims January “National Train Your Dog Month.” The goal is to promote the importance of training and socialization to all dog owners.

According to the Humane Society of the United States, between six and eight million dogs and cats are turned in to animal shelters each year, and about four million are euthanized for lack of good homes.

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A family in Moreauville recently launched a campaign on the Internet that drew attention from national media after the village threatened to take away its pet pit bull, Zeus. 

The village of about 1,000 people passed the vicious dog ordinance, its mayor Timmy Lemoine said, because neighbors complained they were afraid to walk around their neighborhoods. 

Following backlash from around the country, the village repealed the pit bull and rottweiler ban.

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(Leah Hogsten | Tribune file photo) Hundreds of supporters of Sean Kendall and his dog, Geist, who was shot and killed in his backyard by a Salt Lake City police officer during a search for a missing child, rally to protest the officer's action, Saturday, June 28, 2014 at the SLC Police headquarters.… Read the full post here

When is there a threat? » Awareness could save officers and dogs alike.

The Unified Police Department and Humane Society of Utah will collaborate in a program of specialized training for officers who find themselves in potentially dangerous confrontations with dogs.

Police in general have faced criticism in recent months after a Salt Lake City police officer shot and killed a dog in its backyard while searching for a purportedly missing neighbor child in June.

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Wisconsin 10:08 a.m. CDT August 19, 2014

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The Humane Society of Portage County brings some of its four-legged tenants to the 2013 Fur Ball fundraiser at the Holiday Inn Hotel and Convention Center in Stevens Point. (Photo: File photo )

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Joan Simon is the dog trainer at the Humane Society of Portage County (HSPC) who works several hours each week to help improve behavioral problems that may exist with our resident dogs.

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By petMD Jul 31st 2014

Have you dreamed of working with animals all your life? Or maybe you've decided you need a career change? Joining the Humane Society or packing your bags for the Peace Corps isn't for everyone, but becoming a dog trainer can be a happy medium -- helping humans and animals alike.

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VERO BEACH — The world of animal rescue is a difficult place. It's sad to see so many animals finding themselves in need of a safe haven. Due to the over abundance of dogs and cats, there are a wide variety of shelters trying to house and rehome pets. The three main varieties are open admission shelters, limited admissions shelters and rescues.

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