A five-year-old black Scottish Terrier names Sadie took top honors at the Westminster Kennel Club’s prestigious annual dog show. This year’s contest featured a total of 2,500 canine competitors of 173 breeds and combinations.
The following day, Sadie and her handler, Gabriel Rangel, made the rounds as New York celebrities, meeting Donald Trump, posing for countless photographs, and appearing on The View and a number of other TV shows. When one news anchor asked Rangel if he ever said no to Sadie, the handler answered without hesitation: “Never.” He has also been quoted as saying, “We have an understanding. I do not pull her. She follows me.”
The event finals drew protesters as well as fans. Two PETA members entered the show ring at Madison Square Garden during the final round of judging, carrying signs that read, “Mutts Rule” and “Breeders Kill Shelter Dogs’ Chances.” The women were quickly escorted away and later charged with criminal trespass.
California Senator Dean Florez introduced a bill in February that would require animal abusers’ names to be listed in an online registry, similar to the one that already exists for sex offenders. Florez believes that SB1277 could easily work within the existing law enforcement system and that the cost to administer the program would likely be defrayed by savings in court costs and related expense in local communities.
“The idea… is not about dietary choices, hunting, or medical research,” Florez stresses, denying allegations put forth by the bill’s opponents. “… It’s about stopping someone who has already been convicted of felony animal abuse from again torturing, sexually abusing, or intentionally killing animals.”
The bill is scheduled to be heard by the Senate Public Safety Committee on April 20. Read the text of the legislation at http://info.sen.ca.gov/pub/09-10/bill/sen/sb_1251-1300/sb_1277_bill_20100219_introduced.html.
All dog lovers are encouraged to visit The San Francisco Main Library in April or May. The Library’s annual wit and humor exhibit is dedicated to dogs this year and highlights the work of illustrators, cartoonists, and photographers from around the world. Dog-themed writings (doggerel?) are also featured. Cartoonists on exhibit include New Yorker regular George Booth, Patrick McDonnell of Mutts fame, Charles Schultz, and Get Fuzzy creator Darby Conley. The show runs April 1 through May 30 in the 6th Floor Daylight Gallery at 100 Larkin St. in San Francisco.