The Department's final rule allows fighting breeds as service animals in the aircraft cabin.
Final Rule Issued
Washington DC - On December 2, the Department of Transportation (DOT) issued its final rule on Traveling by Air with Service Animals. It is now absolute that the Air Carrier Access Act (ACAA) no longer recognizes emotional support animals (ESAs) as a service animal. Passengers claiming to have a disability and needing to fly with one or more ESAs in the aircraft cab… [Read full blog post]
Steffen Baldwin, a Self-Appointed "Dog Whisperer"
Steffen Baldwin, 39, faces 42 charges related to animal abuse and fraud in Ohio.
Dog Whisperer Charged
Union County, OH - On July 23, Steffen Evan Baldwin (aka Steffen Finkelstein), 39, was arrested in California and taken into custody. In the days that followed, a 42-count felony indictment was unsealed in Union County, Ohio that charged Baldwin with dozens of crimes related to animal cruelty and fraud. To his fans, Baldw… [Read full blog post]
Fatal Dog Attack Statistics
DogsBite.org recorded 48 fatal dog attacks in 2019, the highest recorded in a single year. Pit bulls contributed to 69% (33) of these deaths, followed by "mixed-breed," involved in 6 deaths. For the first time, the 30-49 age group sustained more deaths (13) than the 0-4 age group (12). Pit bulls inflicted 85% of these adult deaths. The last time the CDC collected breed data about dogs involved in fatal human attacks was 1998. Pit bulls have killed ov… [Read full blog post]
Summary of Comments
Washington D.C. - After submitting our own comments to the Department of Transportation (DOT), which outlines why airlines should be allowed to prohibit specific breeds -- pit bulls and fighting breeds -- as service animals from flying in the space of a confined aircraft cabin, we reviewed comments from airlines and airline trade associations regarding breed restrictions. The majority seek the ability to prohibit certain breeds from flying in-cabi… [Read full blog post]