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Galunker, June 17, 2014


galunkerPlus Josh Liddy on BDL develops in CA

June 17, 2014

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Attorney Fred Kray, cohost Kris Diaz, and the rest of the PBLNR crew welcome author Douglas Anthony Cooper, who (along with Israeli illustrator Duva Yavne) has created a children's book about a pit bull saved from a dog fight. Galunker's story is told in verse and features beautiful illustrations. Mr. Cooper was inspired by his own change in attitude toward pit bulls on the problem of breed-discriminatory legislation to write the story of Galunker. He tells us about how he came up with the name, working with BAD RAP, and the difficulty of making everyone happy in the pit bull/dog welfare worlds.

Mr. Cooper and Ms. Yavne are currently running a kickstarter campaign to fund the publishing of Galunker. Learn more: Galunker Kickstarter | Galunker websiteGalunker on Facebook.

Josh Liddy also joins us to update us on the BDL situation in Riverside County, California. The Indio city council has adopted Riverside's new animal control policies which mandate spay/neuter and microchipping. Sounds innocous, but residents have received notice via animal control officers canvassing neighborhoods (not all neighborhoods—lower income and minority neighborhoods have been targeted) and imposing citations (often without even speaking to dog owner). Indio has few resources for inexpensive spay/neuter and microchipping. Check out Josh Liddy's blog,, for more information on this and how he's helping residents fight back.

In our training segment, Yvette Van Veen addresses the "natural fallacy" of letting dogs "work it out." Why wouldn't we want dogs to work it out? When should we intervene?

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