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Kevin Fischer is a veteran broadcaster, the recipient of over 150 major journalism awards from the Milwaukee Press Club, the Wisconsin Associated Press, the Northwest Broadcast News Association, the Wisconsin Bar Association, and others. He has been seen and heard on Milwaukee TV and radio stations for over three decades. A longtime aide to state Senate Republicans in the Wisconsin Legislature, Kevin can be seen offering his views on the news on the public affairs program, "InterCHANGE," on Milwaukee Public Television Channel 10, and heard filling in on Newstalk 1130 WISN. He lives with his wife, Jennifer, and their lovely young daughter, Kyla Audrey, in Franklin.

The Barking Lot-America's Finest Dog Blog (01/12/13)

The Barking Lot

The Barking Lot is a regular weekly feature of this just in
Written by my lovely wife, Jennifer and me.  It opens with the weekend dog walking forecast followed by the main blog from dog lover, Jennifer. Then it
s DOGS IN THE NEWS and our close. Enjoy!

THE WEEKEND DOG-WALKING FORECAST: We grade the weather outlook for taking your pet outdoors. 

TODAY:  Early risers wake up to cloudy skies and 47 degrees. That will be the warmest part of the day. Skies becoming partly cloudy by 8:00. Temperatures will drop throughout the day until they hit the freezing point at 6 pm. Snow showers will develop by 11:00 pm and continue overnight until 10:00 Sunday morning.  "D"

SUNDAY:  Snow showers in the morning, then becoming mostly cloudy.  A daytime high of 23.  "F"

Here’s my lovely wife, Jennifer with this week’s main blog:

Recently, South Carolina representative Deborah Long proposed a bill that would require animal abusers to register like sex offenders.  They are the latest state to work on legislation that would target these monsters; Suffolk County in New York was the first to pass a law in 2010 requiring registration.

Essentially if a person is convicted of a misdemeanor or felony animal abuse crime, they must register and remain in the database for 10 years.  The registered abusers must pay the $50 per year fee associated with the site.  Their information including a photo and home address is made available to the public.

I would imagine that other states looking to pass similar laws will look to New York’s model as well as their own sex offender registry sites.  As long as the cost is offset by the criminal’s own payment, I don’t see a downside.  Quite frankly I’d want to know if I’m next door to an animal abuser just like I want to be informed if there is a child molester close by.  For the safety and security of your entire family, knowing what lives near you is essential.

Considering that every week Kevin could post dozens of dog abuse stories in this Dogs In The News section it’s obvious that these sickos aren’t going anywhere and that abuse cases aren’t diminishing.  It’s a sad commentary on our society when the most fragile and vulnerable creatures (kids and animals) are the targets of the most horrific crimes.  Truthfully I think that anything that can be done to protect them is a step in the right direction.
---Jennifer Fischer

Thanks, Jennifer!

Time now for DOGS IN THE NEWS, canines that made headlines the previous week.

Tami comes to the aid of Buck.

UPDATE: Kabang.

Abused kids speak freely around dogs.

Charles causes a scare.

Dog owner tries to give back.

Dog sharing group has tails wagging in SF.

How much is a pet worth?

A new food for athletic dogs.

From Kansas to San Diego.

From Pennsylvania to Houston.

Is Scottie in trouble?



Three puppies walk through a snow-covered field in Athens, Greece on January 8.  Photo: Petros Giannakouris / AP

That's it for this week. Thanks for stopping by, and please tell a friend or three about our blog. Spread the love about our pets.

We close as we always do with our closing video, and this week, we have more than one because we know you like when we do that.

Speaking of missing dogs...

And we close with...

See ya next Saturday!


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