May 9, 2021
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North Dakota: Keller to retire from state vet position

Susan Keller is ready to spend more time with her family, cows and horses.

The long-time North Dakota state veterinarian will retire from the position the end of June.

As the state veterinarian for the N.D. State Agriculture Department and Board of Animal Health, she has served the state for nearly a quarter century, for two agriculture commissioners and many State Board of Animal Health members.

When her veterinary career started, she never thought she’d serve in a governmental capacity.

Growing up on the family dairy and beef farm near Kelly, Kansas, in the northeast corner of the state, she

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Plans Underway to Make South Carolina a No Kill State!


“No Kill” is a term used in animal welfare that refers to the goal of saving “all healthy and treatable dogs and cats, typically about 90%. No Kill communities do not euthanize animals for space and they use data-driven and research-based strategies to bring euthanasia rates down and improve the quality of care for animals.

The concept of No Kill was introduced as early as the 1970s but gained major attention on the West Coast entering the 1990s with an article entitled In the Name of Mercy penned by Ed Duvin and was later effectively

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Minnesota’s Backyard: Climbing, cacti and purebred bison at Blue Mounds State Park

While Minnesota does not boast a pharmacy with a western art gallery in it or famous people’s heads carved into a mountainside, at the risk of giving away a secret treat, there is better bison viewing to be had five hours closer, at Blue Mounds State Park.

In non-pandemic times, Blue Mounds offers a “Jurassic Park”-style truck tour in a specially-designed 12-seat vehicle which gets visitors up close to the local bison herd safely. The truck tours have been on hiatus due to COVID-19, but there is still wildlife viewing to be had on-site.

“The bison are still out

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State Department security officer arrested for impersonating police officer

A security officer for the U.S. State Department was arrested and accused of impersonating a police officer after ordering his German shepherd to jump on a motorist’s vehicle during a traffic confrontation in Deltona, Volusia County sheriff’s deputies said.

James Land III, 59, of Deltona, was charged with impersonating a police officer or a public employee. He’s out of the Volusia County Branch Jail on $2,500.

Twice a fake cop:Deltona man pretending to be police officer arrested again

Funeral driver poses as cop:Funeral car driver charged with impersonating police officer in Deltona

3 fake cop badges:Ormond man

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Hawaii Becomes the Sixth US State to Ban Cosmetic Animal Testing

Hawaii is following in the examples of several US states which have taken legislative action against cosmetic animal testing. The Hawaii Cruelty-Free Cosmetics Act [HCFCA] will be enacted into law once signed by Governor David Ige after passing its final vote in the state’s legislature. The act will prevent any animals from undergoing unfair and experimental trials for beauty products. The HCFCA will ban the sale of new products tested on animals starting on January 1, 2022.

Senator Mike Gabbard [D-HI] initially introduced the bill in 2018 and has repeatedly attempted to push the bill through its state’s legislature in

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All the Way: Lecturer’s NC State Journey

When North Carolina State University faculty member Billy Flowers opened the door for to Charlotte Meli to help with his research, she had no idea how the much the experience would change her life.

Meli, who had recently graduated with a degree in animal science, no longer wanted to pursue her lifelong dream of becoming a large animal veterinarian.

Instead, she decided to go to graduate school at NC State. She earned master’s and doctoral degrees here, and she fell in love with her role as a teaching assistant. And today, she’s following her mentor’s lead by teaching, advising and

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