The DogChannel Newswire (10-19-10)

Minnesotans debate animal abuse registry; hope for pets with disabilities; other news.

Posted: October 19, 2010, 2 a.m. EDT

Safety Tips for Pets on Halloween
This is one of the most exciting times of the year for kids, but it can be one of the scariest – and potentially dangerous – times if you are a dog. Halloween doesn't have to be the worst day of the year for your dog. A few simple tips can make it an enjoyable experience for your dog as well, the Boston Globe reports.
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Disabilities No Longer a Death Sentence for Pets
Pets with disabilities ranging from spinal injuries to deafness still struggle more than healthy counterparts, but their futures are no longer as grim as before. An industry catering to owners of disabled pets has sprung up, offering everything from carts to chiropractors specializing in canine spines, ABC News reports.
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Pets in the Office a Welcome Diversion for Some
These days, while many companies have cut extras and trimmed raises, employers can make a job more attractive by allowing man's best friend in the office. Studies also show pets can help build worker camaraderie. In one study, teams that worked with a dog at their side gave teammates higher scores for trust and team cohesion than those work groups that were pet-free, the Chicago Tribune reports.
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Minnesotans Debate Animal Abuse Registry
An animal abuse registry in New York has Minnesotans considering adopting the registry, but not everyone is a fan of the idea. The Suffolk County registry in New York requires anyone who has been convicted of abusing an animal to register on a list that would be posted online. Animal lovers are pushing for similar laws, but some question the cost of enforcement, reports.
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