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Pet Food Firm Breaks Ground for Manufacturing Plant

It will bring 85 jobs over 3 years.

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Barrett Petfood Innovations broke ground Aug. 12 on a manufacturing plant in Little Falls, MN.

The facility is expected to bring 85 jobs over three years, the Brainerd Dispatch reports. They’ll pay an average of $15.98 per hour.

The plant will be a 160,000-square-foot building starting with one production line and eventually expanding to two. The company also has a facility a few miles south of Brainerd, MN, with 105 employees.

The Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development is providing support for the project. that includes investments of $450,000 from the Minnesota Investment Fund and $175,000 from the Job Creation Fund.

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The Dispatch notes that Barrett produces over 150 types of pet food. That includes products for dogs and cats as well as a variety of other animals, from turtles to primates.

Tom Barrett, a managing director of the company, was quoted saying, “In terms of dry pet food, we focus on the most super premium end of that, so a lot of fresh ingredients, fresh meat, fresh vegetables and fruits, and we focus on mostly independent pet brands.”

Read more at the Brainerd Dispatch

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State Considers Banning ‘No Pets’ Rental Listings

Some landlords are not happy about the proposed legislation.

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New Hampshire legislators are considering a ban on “no pets” notices in property listings.

Proposed legislation would forbid landlords and home sellers from barring pet owners, the Concord Monitor reports.

They could make rules related to pet deposits, noise control, sanitation and safety, according to the newspaper. But they could set make rules based on size, breed or appearance.

The legislation was proposed by state Rep. Ellen Read, a Democrat from Newmarket. It has drawn opposition from some landords who say it could lead to unsanitary conditions as well as allergy problems for some residents.

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But Julia Seeley, New Hampshire state director for the Humane Society, said her organization supports the bill.

We just strongly believe that a family should not be torn apart simply over housing,” she said.

Read more at the Concord Monitor

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Spotify Rolls Out Music Playlists for Pets

Pets seem to favor classical music and soft rock.

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Digital music service Spotify had a hunch that people were playing tunes for their pets.

A study by the company found that 71% of pet owners did exactly that. The survey included 5,000 music-streaming pet owners from the U.S., the UK, Australia, Spain and Italy.

The company explains:

That being said, we created a unique experience to help you craft the pawfect algorithmically generated playlist for you and your pet to enjoy together. Head to spotify.com/pets for a playlist you can share with your dog, cat, iguana, hamster, or bird.

See the graphic below for more details from the survey.

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These States Have the Most Dog and Cat Owners … And These States Have the Least

The US is home to almost as many domestic pets as humans.

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A new report looks at which U.S. states are the most pet-loving.

Seniorliving.org, a website devoted to providing information to seniors, delved into recent data from the American Veterinary Medical Association to create its rankings.

Idaho had the highest rate of households owning at least one dog, at 58.3%, according to the report, which excluded Alaska and Hawaii, which were not measured in the AVMA study. Dogs are least common in Washington, DC, where 22.5% of households have at least one.

Vermont ranked first for percentage of households with at least one cat, at 44.6%. DC, meanwhile, is the least cat-owning place, with just 16.4% of households being home to a cat.

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The U.S. is home to almost as many domestic pets as human beings. Almost 1 in 3 of those pets are fish, Seniorliving.org explains.

Cats and dogs combine for about 54.8% of all domestic pets.

 

 

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