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Momma's Law, otherwise known as the Standard of Care for Animals Amendment Act of 2017, passed the DC Council today with a unanimous vote, ensuring stricter animal welfare laws in the District.Read More
The DC Council was quick to find a temporary fix for animal welfare concerns a few months ago after the lack of enforcement options came to light with the stories about the pit bull Momma.
The permanent legal changes necessary to ensure that the law provides minimum levels of humane treatment for animals in DC is coming up in front of the DC Council on Tuesday, July 11th. There are still many uncommitted Councilmembers who haven't signed on to the legislation. Activists and puppies citywide need your help in convincing the Council to vote this into law. Here's how.Read More
New emergency legislation from the DC Council seeks to help protect those who can't speak for themselves.
Because of a handful of Petworth residents (and a lot of people around DC and the country), the welfare of companion animals kept outside has changed for the better.Read More
Ripley, a Petworth area dog who lives on 7th Street, had his owner Jeff Stone email me to let me he's raising funds to support the Humane Rescue Alliance. They're hoping readers will be interested in helping them by donating to their fund. Here's the details:Read More
WAMU's Ally Schweitzer took a look at the story for NPR's All Things Considered, and spoke to both Ward 4 Councilmember Brandon Todd and Lisa LaFontaine, the president of the Humane Rescue Alliance, as well as the two neighbors who have lobbied HRA to help Momma (they used the pseudonyms "Jane" and "Mary" to protect themselves). The radio piece is well done, with the longer web article providing more opportunity for longer quotes and details.Read More
It’s been a few days since the pit bull Momma was finally brought inside from freezing temperatures, and the outpouring of public attention has helped to start some important changes. However, city authorities and neighbors still don’t know what’s become of Momma, the dog’s owner or the home’s resident. Currently, the law doesn’t give the Humane Rescue Alliance much in the way of options. Here's an update on the story.Read More
DC Councilmember Mary Cheh has asked that residents reach out to her and other councilmembers to push for changes to DC's animal welfare laws. Change needs you to help make it happen. Here's how.Read More
There’s a dog that’s been stuck in a small fenced-in area in freezing temperatures, snow and wind, and even with the continual efforts of a group of neighbors, neither the homeowner, the dog’s owner nor the city has changed the dog’s situation.Read More