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Leaving Pets in Hot Cars is a Lethal Issue By ASPCA President & CEO Matt Bershadker  Last month in New York City, a 12-year-old Yorkshire Terrier died after being accidentally locked in a car for hours. It was still morning—and not even summer—but the dog suffered from extreme heat-related injuries and, after being freed by NYPD officers, needed to be humanely euthanized by a veterinarian.  These accidents happen too often with consequences too tragic to be ignored or written off. In 2017 alone, animals who died after being trapped in cars include a Chihuahua in Florida, a Poodle in Connecticut, a French Bulldog in...

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It’s Time to Stop Pet Leasing in New York By ASPCA President & CEO Matt Bershadker Who looks at a puppy and sees only an opportunity to make a buck? More people than you may realize. And just when you think the patchwork of cruel puppy mills across the country and the pet stores sustaining them couldn’t get worse, a new deceptive tactic has come to light that exploits not only pets, but people as well: Pet leasing. Pet stores have long used the emotional connection people feel towards puppies to lure customers in, but the cost to purchase those...

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