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State extends modified stay-home order; New Mexico enters “Preparation Phase” for safe re-opening Apr 30, 2020 | Press Releases SANTA FE – New Mexico state leadership on Thursday announced the extension of the state’s emergency public health order through May 15 as the COVID-19 pandemic remains a grave risk to residents of all ages and in all communities across New Mexico. As of Thursday, there were 3,411 reported positive cases in the state of New Mexico and 123 reported fatalities associated with the virus. The highly contagious virus continues to spread in communities...

    Confirmation of COVID-19 in Two Pet Cats in New York Washington, D.C. April 22, 2020 – The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the United States Department of Agriculture's (USDA) National Veterinary Services Laboratories (NVSL) today announced the first confirmed cases of SARS-CoV-2 (the virus that causes COVID-19) infection in two pet cats. These are the first pets in the United States to test positive for SARS-CoV-2. The cats live in two separate areas of New York state. Both had mild respiratory illness and are expected to make a...

Summary: Relating to animals; imposing an additional fee on pet food for dogs and cats to fund the dog and cat spay and neuter assistance program and the animal sheltering act: establishing a household income level for assistance; require reporting. To view the current bill and status click here...

Some members of Congress want to require veterinarians to provide clients with copies of all companion animal prescriptions, regardless whether the client wants one or whether the prescription is ultimately dispensed by the veterinarian or filled by a pharmacy. For some years, they have pushed for a new federal law implementing this prescription mandate. The prescription mandate legislation, misleadingly called the "Fairness to Pet Owners Act" (H.R. 1607/ S.1290), has been introduced into the current Congress by U.S. Reps. Matt Cartwright (D-Pa.) and Gus Bilirakis (R-Fla.), and Sens. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.)...

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