Bubba, a dog who found an owner after a year in a shelter. (Photo: Photography by Adri, via Shutterstock)
Should customers be able to lease dogs and cats in the same way they rent cars, apartments or furniture? California legislators think not. Both houses overwhelmingly approved Assembly Bill 1491, which would outlaw the practice beginning Jan. 1. The bill is now awaiting final action from Gov. Jerry Brown.
Caesar, a dog trained to sniff out cell phones, searches the state prison in Vacaville. (Photo: AP/Rich Pedroncelli)
The Marshall Project: Two years ago, a Belgian Malinois named Drako earned a flurry of press attention when his proud owners at the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation announced he had found his thousandth contraband cell phone in the state’s prisons. He’d once found thirty stashed in a microwave, and one hidden in a jar of peanut butter.