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Connections: Unleashed - Animal advocacy and safety


During this month's episode of Unleashed, we focus on two themes: animal advocacy and animal safety. Proposed legislation in Albany would make it a felony to kill or cause serious physical injury to a police work dog or police work horse. We hear from State Senator Catharine Young on why she sponsored "Mitchell's Law," and what she hopes it will accomplish.

Then, an estimated 40,000 to 150,000 pets die in fires each year, with most succumbing to smoke inhalation. Some local fire departments are now better equipped to help reduce that number. Invisible Fence of Upstate New York recently donated pet oxygen masks to the Warsaw and Castile Fire Departments. It's part of the company's "Project Breathe" program, which aims to provide every fire station in the U.S. and Canada with pet oxygen masks. We talk to the assistant chief of the Warsaw Fire Department about how local firefighters will use these life-saving devices. 

Plus, veterinarian Dr. John Sampson from Greece Animal Hospital, and Rebecca Lohnes, behavior and training manager at Lollypop Farm, are in studio to answer questions about pet health and behavior. Our guests:

Congratulations to the winners of this month's pet photo contest, Helen Anderson and Dan Howell!

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Evan Dawson is the host of "Connections with Evan Dawson." He joined WXXI in January 2014 after working at 13WHAM-TV, where he served as morning news anchor. He was hired as a reporter for 13WHAM-TV in 2003 before being promoted to anchor in 2007.
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