They thought the ban would be breed-specific and that their dogs' breeds would not be included.
Harbin ban on big dogs stirs up howls of protest
By Tian Xuefei and Zhou Huiying (China Daily)
08:56, April 19, 2012
Goldie wears S.O.S. sign reading "Boycott Harbin dog ban policy" on a...
This work is part of the Strong Children Japan project:
I've been following Geoff's blog. He finally left the Fukushima region in July due to concerns for the health of his 4-yr-old son...
There's not much information about the dogs in the article, but the slideshow has photos of them. I think I've seen this breed working in bear control, but I'm not sure.
Mountain lion captured near Enumclaw released into wild | KING5.com Seattle
This is a story from last November, but it's a good one.
Women Act Quickly To Save Dogs Thrown From Car - Pittsburgh News Story - WTAE Pittsburgh
Daring Rescue Saves Dogs Thrown From Car - Video - KHBS NW Arkansas
There's more about the girl that died here. It sounds like there was really no way this could have been prevented. (Except I guess by not ever loving anything.) It was just one of those sudden grief reactions.
Funeral held for Gurnee crash victim - DailyHerald.com
Caution - this is a very tragic story. I don't know what could have been done to prevent this, but maybe it will do some good to alert parents to how intense children's grief can be over the loss of a dog and to be sure to hold off on euthanasia until the child can be counseled into...
This thread has many other post-earthquake animal stories, but posts #16, #21, #23 are about Cat Island. There is a fund-raising effort for cat food going on in Japan, but I don't know of anything on an international level.
Animal life - FluTrackers
This is a very sad story, too.
Concord man 21st victim of April tornadoes in Jefferson | al.com
They did everything as right as they could and were in the tub with the dog crated, but when you take a direct hit, only storm shelter can save you. They upgraded one of the Alabama tornadoes...
I think the more that dogs are integrated into being family members in a culture, the less comfortable consuming them gets to be. Dogs are becoming so popular as pets in China that the government is instituting a "one-dog" policy. We'll see how that goes.
Shanghai's One-Dog Policy More Bark...