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Here Are the Most (and Least) Pet-Friendly States in America

Pet-friendly properties, anti-abuse laws and no-kill shelters are key factors in the ranking.

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A new list from SafeWise identifies the “Most (and Least) Pet-Friendly States in America” for 2019.

The ranking provides “a bird’s eye view at the number of anti-abuse laws, veterinarians, and no-kill shelters in each state,” according to SafeWise, a review site for security systems. It also factors in pet-friendly restaurants, hotels and activities.

At the top of the list is Oregon, which has “thousands of pet-friendly properties to visit, strict anti-abuse laws, and lots of no-kill shelters where you can meet new friends.”

Maine, which claimed the top spot in 2018, slid to No. 3. Colorado is No. 2, and California and Washington round out the top five at No. 4 and No. 5, respectively.

The list of least pet-friendly states is based on factors such as lack of pet-friendly establishments and lax protection laws.

Iowa holds the No. 1 spot on that list, followed by Missouri, Wyoming, New York and Mississippi.

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The lists rely on data from sources such as the Bureau of Labor, the Animal Legal Defense Fund, BringFido.com and the nOkill Network.

See the full ranking from SafeWise

 

James Ritchie is the online content editor for SmartWork Media.

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Video: Adorable Cat Melts Hearts By Trying on Eyewear for Children

Kids see that ‘if she can wear hers, they can wear them too.’

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A rescue cat in Pennsylvania is getting attention for her role in making children feel comfortable with their eyeglasses.

Truffles happily wears brightly colored frames to set a good example for the young patients of A Child’s Eyes in Mechanicsburg, the Daily Mail reports.

“If a child is feeling a bit nervous I ask Truffles if she wants to show them her glasses,” says Danielle Crull, owner of the business. “When they see Truffles wearing them it’s a really good thing and shows that if she can wear hers, they can wear them too.”

Crull says Truffles, who is a family pet, enjoys wearing the frames.

A video of the cat trying on eyewear has been viewed millions of times.

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Dog Clothing Firm Gets $250K ‘Shark Tank’ Investment

Mark Cuban is taking a 25% stake in the firm.

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Dog Threads, a company that makes matching clothing for dogs and their owners, was awarded a $250,000 investment during an episode of ABC’s “Shark Tank.”

Scott and Gina Davis, founders of the Wayzata, MN-based firm, made a deal with Markk Cuban after their successful pitch, the Star-Tribune reports.

He agreed to invest the quarter-million and take a 25 percent stake in the company.

The episode was filmed in June but did not air until Sunday.

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“It was definitely surreal even seeing it now,” Gina Davis said. The couple kept quiet about the results for all these months.

The company sells items such as sweaters, T-shirts and plaid shirts. The founders expect sales to total $240,000 this year, the Star-Tribune reports.

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Guy Smuggles Overweight Cat Onto Plane, Gets Stripped of Air Miles

His pet exceeded the weight limit.

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Russian airline Aeroflot has taken away a traveler’s loyalty miles after smuggling his cat onto the plane.

Mikhail Galin was headed to Vladivostok from Moscow and decided to bring his overweight cat, Viktor, along in the cabin, CNN reports.

The problem: The airline’s weight limit for pets in the cabin is 8 kilograms, or about 17.6 pounds. Viktor tipped the scales at 10 kilograms.

Galin didn’t want his cat to ride in the belly of the plane. He didn’t take the flight.

He wrote a Facebook post about the situation and asked for help finding a similar cat of lower weight. Someone came forward with an appropriate feline, and Galin returned for another try.

When it was time for the cat to be weighed, he presented the thinner substitute, according to CNN. Before boarding, he pulled the old switcheroo.

Galin and Viktor made it to Vladivostok without issue. But Galin’s viral Facebook post caught the attention of the airline, which then stripped him of his air miles.

He took the loss in stride, saying, “I got a penalty. It’s normal.”

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