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My Town: Bill would protect veterans with service dogs on flights

My Town: Bill would protect veterans with service dogs on flights

MUSKEGON COUNTY, Mich.--- Legislation that would protect veterans who use service dogs is making its way through a Michigan committee.

Holly Hughes, who represents the Montague and Muskegon areas, introduced House Bill 4313 this week.  The measure would make it unlawful to refuse service to veterans who use service dogs as treatment for post-traumatic stress disorder, closed head injuries and other service related conditions.  The bill would amend a current state law to specifically include veterans with service disabilities and add airplanes to the list of places that must accommodate service dogs.

Hughes proposed the changes after hearing the plight of veteran Eric Calley.  Hughes says Calley, who uses a service dog, was treated poorly on a recent flight.

“I want to make sure that Eric and others like him never have to endure similar treatment again,” said Hughes.

My Town: Baker College students rescue local animal shelter

My Town: Baker College students rescue local animal shelter

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Two Baker College of Muskegon information technology (IT) students spent their holiday break giving back to the community. The lucky recipient, Pound Buddies Animal Shelter & Adoption Center, the largest animal shelter in Muskegon County, is beginning the new-year able to find homes for shelter pets quicker than ever before.

Although the shelter counts eight staff members and dozens of active volunteers as critical to the organization’s success, it didn’t have the necessary resources to fix and upgrade technology at the shelter.

“We never could have done this without the help from Baker College,” said Lana Carson, executive director of Pound Buddies. “The students didn’t just repair and replace equipment, they evaluated our processes and recommended new ways of doing things that we never would have considered before.”

Run for Sight on August 31

Run for Sight on August 31

MUSKEGON, Mich.-- Make a difference with the Association for the Blind & Visually Impaired (ABVI) in West Michigan by taking part in this 5K run/walk at Pere Marquette Park Saturday, August 31.

Pere Marquette Park is located on Beech Street. Race registration will take place at 7 a.m. with the run/walk beginning at 8:30 a.m. All proceeds will be donated to the Association for the Blind & Visually Impaired.

The 5K is a non-competitive event for all ages.  The race is dog friendly, but dogs must be on leashes. An awards ceremony will take place at 9:30 a.m. for overall male and female winners.

For more event information, call  (231) 737-4717 or visit www.run4sight.com.  

Petco Foundation provides wheels for animal rescue group

Petco Foundation provides wheels for animal rescue group

MUSKEGON, Mich. – An animal rescue group is getting help on wheels, thanks to a grant from the Petco Foundation, and a generous graphics business.

Pound Buddies Animal Shelter & Adoption Center will show off its new cargo van and thank donors during an April 27 adoption event at Petco. 

The van will allow Pound Buddies to transport homeless dogs and cats to fundraisers, adoption events, veterinary appointments and no-kill shelters throughout the state.  The graphics on the side of the van will also help promote the non-profit organization.  Miles Kieft who owns GOBOGRAPHIX in Muskegon donated the graphics.

The Adopt-A-Dog event runs from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at Petco, located at 5239 Harvey Street in Norton Shores.

New Muskegon Animal Control rules start today

MUSKEGON, Mich. (WZZM)- If you live in Muskegon, there are a few changes with the county's animal control policies that you should know about.

Starting October 1st, all Animal Control-related issues, such as stray dog impounds and dog complaints, will be handled by Animal Control officers through the Sheriff's Office. Prior to the change, these types of issues were handled through the Public Health Office.

Also, the Treasurer's Office will now sell dog licenses.

Public Health will continue to handle all animal bite cases to assure minimal risk of rabies exposure to humans.

For licensing information, call the Muskegon County Treasurer's Office at (231) 724-6261

To report a stray dog, call the Muskegon County Sheriff's Department at (231) 724-6007

To report an animal bite, call Public Health- Muskegon County at (231) 742-1288

My Dog Spot is my dog's spot

My Dog Spot is my dog's spot

In February 2011, my husband and I decided to stop at the Harbor Humane Society in West Olive on our way home from Holland. We've always liked the shelter and always enjoy being around pets. We already own a lab/shepherd mix who we named Reese. And a cat, whose name has changed about a billion times and has most recently gone by the name Pantherrazzi (think Panther and Lady Gaga). Both of these babies were rescues from our local Muskegon Humane Society.

Anyway, this particular evening as we strolled through the "big dog room", we came across a kennel with a very interesting dog in it. This dog was TERRIFIED - Terrified of EVERY little thing.

I said to my husband, "this dog looks like some kind of a hound."

Not hot enough? Try it in a fur coat

MUSKEGON, Mich. (WZZM)-If you think this heat is tough to take, try going outside in a fur coat.

Workers at Pound Buddies Rescue in Muskegon say they're seeing more dogs suffering from dehydration. Volunteers say the best thing you can do for your pets is limit their time outdoors, give them a cool, shady place to rest, and make sure they have enough water.

"The heat takes a huge toll on the animals. They don't have a way to get water for themselves; they're dependent on us," explains shelter volunteer Cindi Kaiser. "It's very important in this kind of weather because they're wearing fur coats. We're not. And they're sweating a whole lot more than we are."

Kaiser says the rescue is also seeing more runaway pets that were scared off by fireworks.