A third horse has died during “training” at Santa Anita racetrack since it was closed by the Health Department a few weeks ago due to the pandemic. Chicago has banned horse-drawn carriages. Many local pounds are abandoning their missions and the animals by closing. Other shelters and rescuers are open and seeing a surge in adoptions. Emergency legislation in New York will be introduced to stop pound killing during the pandemic. And finally, a dog in North Carolina is the first in the U.S. to reportedly test positive for COVID-19. Should we be overtly worried about our dogs? And should we fear dogs? The answer to both questions remains, “no.” 

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That is unfortunate as communities across the country are proving that with creativity, ingenuity, and technology, they can take reasonable precautions to protect the public, shelter workers, and the animals. For example:

Rescue groups are also seeing a surge in adoptions:

And finally, a dog in North Carolina is the first in the U.S. to reportedly test positive for COVID-19. Should we be overtly worried about our dogs? And should we fear dogs? The answer to both questions remains, “no.” Not only is there no evidence that dogs can pass the virus to either other animals or people, there is reason for healthy skepticism about his results. Here’s a look at the evidence.

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