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Majority of New York City Council still undecided on horse-carriage bill
New York Daily News
Less than a third of the City Council supports a ban on Central Park carriage horses, while over half are still undecided, said Rafael Espinal, the Councilman in charge of regulating the industry. City Councilman Rafael Espinal, who announced his opposition to the ban, said of the 51 members, 13 are for the ban, eight are against it and 26 remain undecided. The position of four members is unknown, he said.
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Last known 9/11 Ground Zero search dog still lends a helping paw
Today
Some heroes boast muscle and brawn. Others possess steely nerves and impeccable timing. But this hero is a little different. This one has feathery fur, a sunny smile, a calm nature and — for a dog — an uncanny ability to zero in on the people who need her most. She's a 15-year-old golden retriever named Bretagne, and she's believed to be the last surviving search dog who worked at Ground Zero in New York City after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. For the first time since the recovery efforts after the attack, Bretagne returned to the site of the former World Trade Center complex with her longtime handler and owner, Denise Corliss of Cypress, Texas.
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NYS-VC Fall: Don't miss out, register today!
NYSVMS
Join us for the 7th Annual Fall New York State Veterinary Conference hosted by the NYSVMS and Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine in Ithaca, New York. This multi-species conference will feature outstanding lectures and laboratories, an exhibition floor and an opportunity to relax at the Conference Celebration Dinner on Saturday evening. Seating for the laboratory sessions is limited and filling up quickly, register soon to reserve your seats. Take advantage of the extended early bird rates and register by Sept. 12! Register online at www.vet.cornell.edu/nysvc.
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Parasites practicing mind control
The New York Times
An unassuming single-celled organism called Toxoplasma gondii is one of the most successful parasites on Earth, infecting an estimated 11 percent of Americans and perhaps half of all people worldwide. It's just as prevalent in many other species of mammals and birds. In a recent study in Ohio, scientists found the parasite in three-quarters of the white-tailed deer they studied.
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The remarkable global spread of a single canine cancer
Medical News Today
While countries with dog control policies have curbed an infectious and gruesome canine cancer, the disease is continuing to lurk in the majority of dog populations around the world, particularly in areas with many free-roaming dogs. This is according to research published in the open access journal BMC Veterinary Research.
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Should you buy a practice?
Veterinary Practice News
Patty Khuly, V.M.D., MBA, never thought she would buy a practice. Though Khuly had gone to a swanky business school and impressed professors with projects demonstrating remarkable returns on veterinary practice investments, they'd only grudgingly forfeit the "A" while not-so-subtly stifling a "B" school-sized yawn.
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Bats change strategy when food is scarce
University of Bristol via ScienceDaily
Bats could be more flexible in their echolocation behavior than previously thought, according to a new study into the foraging techniques of the desert long-eared bat. Gleaning bats usually have long ears for the detection of faint sound cues and low wing loading to allow them to carry heavy loads — features that increase drag and are linked to slower flight. So why would bats adapted to one foraging mode (gleaning), adopt another (hawking)?
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Small businesses face another defeat in extortion claim against Yelp
American Animal Hospital Association
A veterinary hospital and several other small business owners in California who sued Yelp for extortion have had their class-action lawsuit rejected for the second time. The lawsuit had been thrown out by the court in 2011, but the plaintiffs were fighting to have it revived. In 2010, Cats and Dogs Animal Hospital in Long Beach and a group of other small businesses filed a class-action lawsuit against Yelp.
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Comprehensive pet microchip registry data elusive
Veterinary Information Network
When a group of Silicon Valley, California, entrepreneurial pet owners started a search engine called checkthechip.com, their hope was to help bring a little order to the bewildering realm of pet microchips. Right away, they discovered that their attempt potentially worsened matters.
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A look at veterinary patient warming systems
Veterinary Practice News
As animal surgical procedures become longer and more complex, the need to keep patients from becoming hypothermic is greater than ever. "The veterinary industry is starting to better understand the medical value that fluid warming and whole body temperature management can offer to the surgical and critical patient," says Judith Rossi, vice president of global communications for Smiths Medical of Norwell, Massachusetts.
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New research reveals how wild rabbits were genetically transformed into tame rabbits
Uppsala University via ScienceDaily
The genetic changes that transformed wild animals into domesticated forms have long been a mystery. An international team of scientists has now made a breakthrough by showing that many genes controlling the development of the brain and the nervous system were particularly important for rabbit domestication. The study gives answers to many genetic questions.
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