Distracted Dogging: Legal in Most States, Controversial in All

Driving with an animal in your lap may be fun, but it’s extremely dangerous for the driver, passengers, other motorists and the pet, traffic safety experts say.

‘Puppy Mills’ Targeted by One State, Activists Seek Others

States and cities move to ban retail sales of “puppy mill” dogs.

Wild Turkeys Drawn to Their Reflection Highlight an Unusual Human Policy Challenge

Building design can easily confuse avian creatures. Here are steps to keep birds of various feathers from flocking together where you don’t want them.

Domestic Violence, Homelessness and Natural Disasters Show Need for Pet-Friendly Shelters

"If we can remove the barrier of leaving a pet behind by creating more pet-friendly domestic violence shelters, more lives can be saved," according to the president and CEO of nonprofit group Red Rover.

Tightening the Leash on Fake Service Dogs

Can states stop people from trying to pass off their pets as service animals?

Western Towns Try to Stop Hungry Bears From Causing Havoc

In bear country, cities and counties are trying to keep bears out of town by adopting ordinances that require residents to keep their trash secure.

How Dog Lovers Sparked Laws That Could Save Kids in Hot Cars

This year, at least five states have enacted laws to protect bystanders from being sued for breaking a car window to rescue a child in an emergency.

By the Numbers: Nuisance Alligator Incidents in Florida

There are an estimated 1.3 million wild alligators in the Sunshine State and it’s the time of year they most mix with people.

Plague Case Leads to Feral Cat Roundup in Albuquerque

Also in our State and Local Daily Digest: Pittsburgh’s mayor is “folksy;” N.M. Gov. vetoes all university funding; L.A. County likes its sanctuary cities.

How Some Alaska Cities Try to Outsmart Bears

In Juneau, garbage management has to take hungry animals into account.

Farmers Push Back Against State Animal Welfare Laws

Consumers increasingly are demanding farmers change the way they raise livestock and poultry. But some farmers are pushing for laws to let them continue doing business as usual.

BLM Releases Final California Desert Management Plan

Landmark collaboration to provide landscape-level approach to protecting wildlife habitat

Are Animal Hoarders Criminals?

Reports of animal hoarding are on the rise, leaving states and localities deciding whether to prosecute or deal with the underlying mental problem that leads to it.

Florida Wildlife Agency: Don’t Paint Turtles or Tortoises

Authorities are trying to discourage people from engaging in a practice that is harmful to the shelled reptiles, and can be illegal under Florida state law.

Dog Equity Dispute Prompts Texas Suburb to Evict Cat at Local Library

Despite pleas from children, councilman says “City Hall and city businesses are no place for animals.”

Local Officials to the Rescue for One Bear, One Kitten and Nine Ducklings

When animals need rescuing, local government workers come together and lend a helping hand.

By Curbing Roundups and ‘Gassing,’ States Seek to Help the Hated Rattlesnake

Some states are trying to give the venomous pit vipers better odds of survival.