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Animal Law Executive Council Member Authors 3rd Book

TBA Animal Law Section Executive Council member and inaugural section chair Esther Roberts has recently authored her third book, entitled "My Friend Sam." The book, described by Roberts as "Marley and Me" with a horse, is about her riding partner of 26 years with whom she shared many adventures, on the trail and off. It is available through Amazon and all major booksellers. Or, if you would like an autographed copy, you can contact Esther directly.

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FDA Announces Recall of Certain ELM Dog Foods

ELM Pet Foods Inc. has issued a voluntary recall of Elm Chicken and Chickpea Recipe dog food because of elevated levels of Vitamin D, according to an FDA press release. The affected products are in yellow packaging with a silhouette of a chicken at the bottom of the front side and made between Feb. 25, 2018, and Oct. 31, 2018. The notice indicates that Vitamin D, when consumed at high levels, can lead to serious health issues in dogs, including vomiting, loss of appetite, increased thirst, increased urination and renal dysfunction. No other ELM Pet Foods products are impacted.

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Governor-elect Lee Names Agriculture Commissioner

Governor-elect Bill Lee on Monday named his pick for agriculture commissioner, selecting current state veterinarian and Middle Tennessee dairy farmer Charlie Hatcher, the Tennessean reports. The announcement was made at the annual Tennessee Farm Bureau convention in Franklin, where Lee said, “Charlie brings tremendous perspective about our state’s rural resources and agricultural way of life … What happens in rural Tennessee matters to all Tennesseans, and Charlie has the experience to carry out the administration’s key priorities in agriculture and rural economic development.”  As state veterinarian, Lee enforced animal health standards for livestock products and worked with federal officials to accredit Tennessee's practicing veterinarians.

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U.S. House Moves to Strip Gray Wolves of Federal Protections

The U.S. House this month moved to drop federal legal protections for gray wolves, ABC News reports. A proposed bill — Manage our Wolves Act (H.R.6784) — will delist most gray wolves across the lower 48 states from the Endangered Species Act, ending the designation placed on the animal in the 1970s. Though the Fish and Wildlife Service did not comment on the bill, it is reviewing the wolf's status and expects to make a recommendation regarding removal in the coming months. The bill's chief sponsor, Rep. Sean Duffy, R-Wis., said that states should be responsible for managing wolf populations, "not Washington bureaucrats." The measure was approved 196-180 and will now go to the Senate for consideration.

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Rutherford County Goat Receives Prosthetic Limbs

A Rutherford County resident is jumping for joy after receiving prosthetic legs created just for her, The Daily News Journal reports. Lolli the goat lost her back legs and tips of her ears to frostbite when she was a newborn, forcing her to drag herself around her farm and leaving her defenseless against predators. After hearing about the non-profit Gentle Barn, Lolli’s owners contacted the organization for help. Gentle Barn was able to get the University of Tennessee Knoxville Large Animal Hospital to perform an operation to prepare her for, then fit Lolli with the new legs. She was cleared by the medical staff and released into the Gentle Barn pastures earlier this month.

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Judge Grants Writ in Case of Elephant Personhood

Judge Tracey A. Bannister of the Orleans County Supreme Court in New York state recently granted a Writ of Habeas Corpus for a Bronx Zoo elephant suing for personhood, Forbes reports. The legal team for the Nonhuman Rights Project (NhRP) helped to secure the writ on behalf of Happy, a 47-year-old pachyderm who has been isolated at the zoo since 2006. NhRP has previously asserted personhood for chimpanzees, a move that was ultimately shot down in a New York appeals court. The court has scheduled a hearing for Happy’s case Dec. 14.

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California Communities Unite is Saving Displaced Animals

The ongoing wildfires in California have displaced many residents in the state — including family pets and livestock, spurring community organizations and good Samaritans into action, CNN reports. Rescuers have been able to save hundreds of animals so far, including dogs, cats, horses, donkeys, ducks and a tortoise. Volunteers have set up social media pages to assist owners in finding their animals, with other groups helping to support the owners once they've been reunited with their cherished critters.

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Nashville Boarding Facility Found Liable in Dog's Death

Judge Kelvin Jones recently sided with the plaintiff who sued The Dog Spot for misrepresenting how it manages dogs in its daycare, WKRN reports. Rachael Waldrop boarded her two chihuahuas while she and her husband went on a trip, subsequently receiving a call from the business to notify her that one of the chihuahuas had been bitten by a larger dog. Waldrop’s dog died shortly thereafter. Judge Jones in his judgment said that the business advertised a policy that it never intended to maintain, constituting a breach of contract and a violation of the Tennessee Consumer Protection Act.

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Bears Behaving Badly

Guests in a Gatlinburg hotel were elated when a surprise guest checked in over the weekend, The Charlotte Observer reports. A “big ole hungry bear” startled Antioch resident, Caitlyn Frakes as it foraged through a tipped-over trashcan. Frakes was able to film the encounter which she posted to Facebook on Tuesday. No picnic baskets were reported stolen during the incident, however, Ranger Smith could not be reached for comment.

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Proposed Ordinance Seeks to Ban Retail Sales of Cats and Dogs in Franklin

The city of Franklin is considering a ban on retail sales of cats and dogs, The Tennessean reports. The proposed ordinance will address only brick-and-mortar business's sales — not personal  — and allowing stores already operating with a valid business license to remain open. Under the prospective rule, only one existing Franklin business will be allowed to sell the animals. City leaders plan to vote on the measure later this year or early 2019.

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