Archives for July 2005

NEWS: Animal Expert says, “Establishing dog breed bans is barking up the wrong tree.”

Animal expert says, “Establishing breed bans is barking up the wrong tree.”

Topic Question Ideas:

Are certain cities guilty of doggie discrimination?

What are the roots behind bad behavior?

Is the problem delinquent dogs or poor pet parenthood?

The answer to the passion over pit bulls: Punish the deed not the breed!

Guerrero is available for comment. Call (800) 818-7387 (PST)

Visit the Center for Disease Control for dog bite research and papers:

Dog Bite Prevention Info:

Canadian Commentary on Breed Specific Legislation:

Insurance Issues (States that refuse Breed Profiling):

American Veterinary Medical Association Dog Bite Prevention:

California Dog Bites:

Diana L. Guerrero’s additional comments regarding pit bull attacks:

Interesting facts:

  • 4.7 million dog bites are reported annually.
  • Neutered dogs are less aggressive.
  • Pet aggression often can be extinguished in puppyhood, but many owners fail address it.
  • Responsible pet ownership starts young.
  • Each community has laws regulating pets and pet care.

Guerrero encourages people to support their animal services and fight against irresponsible breeding and pet overpopulation.

Did you know? Pit bull attacks could be prevented by enforcement of leash laws and the teaching of responsible pet ownership.

“There are laws in every state and community related to pets, their care, and management. One of the more important is the leash law–a law that dictates that a dog be managed by the owner while it is out in public.
Unfortunately, there are irresponsible pet owners who let their animals roam unattended on a regular basis.
Pit bull and other dog attacks frequently occur here around the nation because people let their animals run “free” or ignore enrolling pets in canine college. It is a big problem that requires neighborhoods and local communities to push for enforcement.”

NEWS: Pet Risk on Airlines Inital Report Less Than Suspected

Recent reports reveal that 10 animals were injured, killed or lost on U.S. airlines in May, according to a monthly government report. Six airlines reported incidents during the month, totaling four deaths, five injuries and one loss. Two injury incidents were blamed on the airline. The others were caused on inadequate kennels, natural causes and an attack by another animal.

It’s the first animal injury and death report since Congress passed a law several years ago requiring airline carriers to report such information. The U.S. Department of Transportation will also release monthly reports at or view the PDF at

The data offers consumers a resource to help decide which airlines to fly with their pets. “This is good news since pet owners can obtain vital information that will help them to decide what airlines to fly with their precious cargo.” According to California based animal behaviorist, Diana L. Guerrero.

The Department of Transportation estimates that nearly 2 million animals fly on commercial flights annually. Until these reports, no numbers on how many animals die, or are injured or lost during airline transport.

Outside estimates speculate about 5,000 incidents or more a year. If May’s report numbers remain consistent the totals would be lower.

Some animals travelers can be stowed under seats as long as the pets are housed in transport crates. Larger pets must travel in the plane’s belly where there is risk of injury from exposure to extreme temperatures or other cargo.

In the past animals were treated like luggage. The campaign for federal reporting began after a Brooklyn, NY, resident’s (Barbara Listenik) dog was injured. The canine’s cage smashed open over ten years ago. The escaped animal ran loose on the tarmac at New York’s LaGuardia Airport and disappeared for more than six weeks.

In a report by Chris Walsh (distributed by Scripps Howard News Service) Listenik said,
“I walked up to a broken, bloody crate, and they told me to fill out a baggage claim form,” Listenik said. “I was completely flabbergasted by that. So I wrote a bill that said animal deaths and injuries should be reported to the public so people know which airline has the best record for flying animals.”