A Federal Court threw out the Florida greyhound racing industry’s last ditch effort to continue harming dogs. A friendly yellow lab with an adopter waiting was falsely deemed vicious and killed by the New York City pound. Legislation introduced in New York would establish a moratorium on pound killing for one year. Shelters across the country “have placed record numbers of dogs, cats and other animals” and many are finding themselves empty for the first time in their history. And in a victory for free speech — and a victory for anyone who has spoken out on behalf of animals mistreated, abused, and killed in city pounds — the U.S. Court of Appeals ruled that government officials cannot delete critical comments or ban the commenters.

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Shelters across the country are embracing ingenuity, a “can do” attitude, and technology to save the animals, while also protecting the public and shelter workers during the pandemic. And thanks to an overwhelming response by the public, these shelters say “they have placed record numbers of dogs, cats and other animals” and many are finding themselves empty for the first time in their history. For example:

Shelters do not have to kill animals now. They don’t have to close their doors. They don’t have to turn animals away. They don’t have to abandon their mission. And they don’t have to kill animals should some of them be returned after the crisis is over. Indeed, they never did.

And finally, in a victory for free speech — and a victory for anyone who has spoken out on behalf of animals mistreated, abused, and killed in city pounds — the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit ruled that government officials cannot delete critical comments or ban the commenters, even if the commenter used language officials consider insulting, offensive, or inappropriate.

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