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Sept. 2008

CLASSES and CONFERENCES

For a complete list of classes, visit www.saveyourhorse.com/wholearn.htm

REQUESTS No new requests

CLASSES

Kim Little has added the following classes to his schedule. Contact Kim at www.rescuetechinternational.com for details.

October 13-15 Front Royal, VA Technical Animal Rescue
November 7-9 San Francisco, CA Technical Animal Rescue
April, 2009 Billings, MT Large Animal Rescue


STORIES AND NEWS

Roger Lauze has had a very busy summer with events and trainings.

He has the following classes scheduled for the fall. None of these classes are open.
9/06 Rescue training sponsored by the Vermont Horse Council for fire and rescue personnel
9/16 Rescue Glide training for Ohio State University Veterinary Hospital
9/21 Rescue training for New Hampshire DART
10/2-3 Rescue training for Ipswich MA fire and rescue personnel
12/1 Rescue Glide training for Mount Ida College, MA, Veterinary Technician Classes
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Jennifer Woods sent the following news article. Hurray for Illinois!
Illinois Passes "Good Samaritan" Measure for Animal Rescuers (edited press release, May 30, 2008, Article #11976).

The Illinois Senate recently passed HB5076, sending the bill into the hands of Gov. Rod Blagojevich. The legislation contains "Good Samaritan" provisions to protect rescuers, including veterinarians, from being sued if they rescue or provide care for injured animals in emergencies or disasters. The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) worked closely with legislators to implement this bill, which the Illinois House voted unanimously to pass earlier this year.

Illinois House Bill 5076, introduced by Rep. Sara Feigenholtz and Senator John Cullerton, also clarifies the statute of limitations for violations of the Humane Care for Animals Sct. Eighteen states already have Good Samaritan provisions that protect individuals who rescue or help animals during emergencies or disasters.

"Many people said they were afraid to step in and help during the aftermath of Katrina, for fear of being sued", said Ledy VanKavage, senior director of legal training and legislation for the ASPCA. "As a result of this legislation, countless dedicated individuals across this region will not have to think twice about offering much needed animal rescue assistance in the event of an emergency."

Does YOUR state have "Good Samaritan" provisions for animal rescuers?

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Laurie Loveman sent the following story.

The Orwell, VT Volunteer Fire Department is looking to create a large animal technical rescue team drawn from firefighters in Addison and Rutland Counties. http://www.RutlandHerald.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2008808230363

EQUIPMENT and SUPPLIES

Dr. Kathleen Becker has developed a new water rescue harness for horses.

It has closed cell floatation foam so that the harness itself will not sink,and it is put on like a driving harness. The entire harness is made of nylon so the water will not be an issue. Dr. Becker can be reached at kab@hast.net

NEW LINKS

LESSONS LEARNED

INNOVATIONS

Nothing new here.

OUR SOCIETY AT LARGE (and other miscellaneous stuff)

Would you like to introduce yourself to the rest of the list? This is the section! Don't be shy!

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Michelle Staples: Now that I have my area trained in CERT, I'm working on a new informational CD on preparing your neighborhood for disasters. If your area does NOT have disaster preparedness training, you can take it online at www.citizencorps.gov/cert/

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