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Animal Supply Company Acquired

The plan is to ‘renew and transform’ the business.

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IRVING, TX – Summit Partners and certain funds managed by Goldman Sachs Asset Management L.P. have acquired a majority stake in Animal Supply Company.

Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

In addition, Goldman Sachs and Summit “have provided significant operating and growth capital investment to support the execution of ASC’s strategic plan,” according to a press release.

“We are so appreciative of our independent pet retailers, vendors and employees for partnering with us on this journey, especially during this process,” said Don McIntyre, CEO of Animal Supply Company.

“Our team is excited to work with Goldman Sachs and Summit as we look to renew and transform our business. Together, we will take our Company to the next level in customer care, digital innovation and growth.”

Randy Reber, current chairman of the board and one of the original founders of ASC, has joined the new board of managers.

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“I’m very excited for the future of Animal Supply Company and the opportunity to continue to work with Don and an outstanding management team,” Reber said.

“This transaction provides the financial and physical foundation upon which we can continue ‘Delivering Success’ to pet specialty independent retailers. This has always been our guiding principle from day one and will continue to be.”

Reber, along with certain other former owners of the company, will remain minority shareholders.

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Pet Insurance Firm Says Anti-Vaccination Movement Poses Threat to Animals

The beliefs ‘are spilling over into pet parenting.’

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The anti-vaccination movement has spread to pets, and that could be dangerous, according to Healthy Paws Pet Insurance.

Rob Jackson, CEO of Healthy Paws, told People.com that his company has noticed a decline in dogs getting their “core” vaccinations. That includes vaccines against rabies vaccine, parvovirus, distemper and adenovirus-2.

“Anti-vaccination sentiments are spilling over into pet parenting,” he said.

A blog post on the company’s website states:

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Much like the human anti-vaccination movement, pet parents’ reasons run the gamut, but at the core they all lead back to a belief that vaccinations can be harmful to pets. Some are concerned that vaccines trigger immune disorders and life-threatening side effects, while others think pets can gain immunity much like humans can – through exposure.

The company also noted: “Our pets rely on us to take care and protect them, and vaccinations are one way we can fulfill this promise.”

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Internet Sensation Grumpy Cat Dies At Age 7

She was one of social media’s first pet influencers.

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Grumpy Cat, an internet sensation and pioneer of the pets-as-influencers trend, has died at age 7, CNN reports.

Her owner, Tabatha Bundesen of Morristown, AZ, wrote on Twitter:

Despite care from top professionals, as well as from her very loving family, Grumpy encountered complications from a recent urinary tract infection that unfortunately became too tough for her to overcome. She passed away peacefully on the morning of Tuesday, May 14, at home in the arms of her mommy, Tabatha.

The cat, whose real name was Tardar Sauce, rose to prominence on Reddit in 2012. At the time of her death, Grumpy Cat had 8.5 million fans on Facebook, 2.4 million followers on Instagram and 1.5 million followers on Twitter.

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CNN notes that she also “inspired art projects, perfumes, merchandise, Skechers shoes, comics and even a ‘Grumppuccino’ coffee.”

Grumpy Cat had feline dwarfism, and her owners said that’s likely what caused her distinctive appearance.

Read more at CNN

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Dog Pee Might Be Bad News for Cities — Here’s Why

A study suggests it harms ‘green infrastructure.’

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Dog urine may be undermining cities’ efforts to keep sewer systems from overflowing, a new study suggests.

Cities’ “green infrastructure,” such as street trees, helps to absorb rainwater, Popular Science notes. But these areas also happen to attracts lots of dogs that need to do their business.

And the urine might be making soil in those areas less absorbent because of its low pH and its nitrogen content, according to a study by Columbia University undergraduate and graduate researchers. It also may be causing the soil microbiome to become less diverse.

In areas such as sidewalk tree pits, ““the soils seemed barren, compacted, and the water from rainfall didn’t seem to penetrate very well,” ecologist Krista McGuire, who led the research, said of her reason for starting the project.

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The researchers explained in their paper:

“Our study investigated the effects of canine urine on the urban soil microbial communities in a greenhouse experiment by treating Liriope muscari, a common plant found in New York City green infrastructure, with different concentrations of canine urine for 4 weeks in an experimental setting. We found that urine application significantly decreased total soil microbial biomass and microbial richness, and increased water runoff volume.”

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