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Arin Greenwood
Arin Greenwood is HuffPost's animal welfare editor. Arin is a former lawyer (J.D. from Columbia Law School, member of the New York Bar), life long animal lover, and devoted fan of cats who run for public office.

Her first novel, Tropical Depression -- based on her five-odd, sometimes very odd, years living on a small island near Guam -- was published by teeny indie publisher Back Porch Books in 2011. Her second book, a comic young adult mystery called Save The Enemy, was published by Soho Teen in November 2013.

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Entries by Arin Greenwood

One Woman + 40 Years Of Pit Bulls = A Great Big Lesson In Love

(0) Comments | Posted July 29, 2014 | 9:30 AM

This post is part of HuffPost's ongoing #PitBullWeek coverage.

Some people grow up with golden retrievers, and then for the rest of their lives are golden retriever people. Susan Tonielli grew up with pit bulls.

In 1977, she got the first pit "as a mistake," which "led...

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10 Stereotypes About Pit Bulls That Are Just. Dead. Wrong.

(557) Comments | Posted July 28, 2014 | 8:00 AM

HuffPost Green is launching a week-long, community-driven effort to bust the myths and raise awareness about pit bulls, a maligned "breed" that often bears the brunt of dated, discriminatory legislation that can make it near impossible for these dogs to find a forever home. You can follow along with HuffPost...

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This Critically Endangered Baby Rhino Is An Adorable Addition To A Species In Need

(1) Comments | Posted July 23, 2014 | 2:33 PM

This sweet little rhino is not only impossibly cute, he's also critically endangered.

Born on July 12, the black rhino calf, who doesn't have a name yet, is a "significant birth," according to staff at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park.


Zoo spokesperson Ina Saliklis...

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This Pit Bull Carried Her Injured Chihuahua 'Soul Mate' To Safety, Now They Need A Loving Home (UPDATE)

(277) Comments | Posted July 22, 2014 | 11:24 AM

About a week ago, Joanie the pit bull was discovered carrying an injured little friend -- Chachi the Chihuahua -- inside her mouth, around a Savannah, Georgia, neighborhood.

Animal control officers found Joanie putting Chachi down from time to time, to lick the Chihuahua's badly infected eye. Chachi "appreciated the...

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Animals Are More Than Mere Things. Let's Treat Them That Way

(38) Comments | Posted July 21, 2014 | 10:07 AM

Arturo the polar bear has been called the "world's saddest animal." He's locked up, alone and hot in an Argentinian zoo, and if you can look at photos of him and not feel like something is terribly, terribly wrong, then you are a lot more hardhearted than Newt...

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Dog Rescued From Puppy Mill Finally Enjoys First Ever Snuggle

(179) Comments | Posted July 17, 2014 | 9:04 AM

It's taking a little while, but Noisette is "gradually adjusting" to life outside of a filthy cage, says Anne Wuhrer, who recently took in this tiny creature, one of 132 dogs and four exotic birds removed from a Northern Virginia breeder's facilities in early July.

Noisette is thought...

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Go West, Young Dog, Because That's Where You'll Get Surfing Lessons

(0) Comments | Posted July 16, 2014 | 8:38 AM

What is dog surfing? It's a sporting event we can really get behind, is what it is.

In early September, about 80 canine beach bums will take to the waves, for the annual Surf Dog Surf-A-Thon dog surfing competition. They'll do it on their paws, for a good...

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Dogs Pose Majestically Beneath A Double Rainbow, Prompt Thoughts About Love, Nature, And Politicians

(1) Comments | Posted July 15, 2014 | 2:16 PM

It's hard to look at these gorgeous dogs posing majestically beneath perfect double rainbows, and not contemplate joy, happiness, love, nature, politicians.

Politicians? Yes, politicians.


These photos were taken by University of Wisconsin law professor Ann Althouse, who first posted them

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These Are America's 8 Most Heroic Dogs, And They Are AMAZING

(36) Comments | Posted July 15, 2014 | 7:55 AM

You've heard the one about the politician walking a dog? An observer, upon seeing the pair, says, "If given the choice, I'd rather vote for the dog."

It's your chance: This election year, there's an impressive roster of canine candidates seeking your votes. They help kids read, they...

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Let's Use Logic to Talk About Pit Bulls -- It'll Make Things Better for Everyone

(171) Comments | Posted July 9, 2014 | 10:44 AM

Here's a puzzle I used to give my LSAT students, back when I was helping prepare ambitious would-be lawyers for a lifetime of paying off law school loans:

Shark attacks have gone up this summer. So has ice cream consumption. Does that mean that eating ice cream causes shark attacks...

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Here's How One Family Pet Beat A Town's Pit Bull Ban

(46) Comments | Posted July 8, 2014 | 2:57 PM

This little princess is Mazzy, a pit bull mix who was ordered out of a Louisiana town about a year ago due to nothing more than the results of a genetic test.

In 2013, the town of New Llano instated a ban on pit bulls and...

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Why Pit Bull Prejudice Is 'An Injustice'

(89) Comments | Posted July 7, 2014 | 2:19 PM

Documentary maker Jeff Theman thinks it's downright un-American to deem a dog dangerous due to nothing more than the way it looks -- which is what happens in jurisdictions across the country that ban pit bulls and dogs that merely look like them.

These "breed specific laws," as they're...

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Someone Spray Painted Pigs Then Stole A Tortoise From A Maryland Petting Farm

(1) Comments | Posted July 2, 2014 | 5:57 PM

Ken Keyes suspects it was high school kids who snuck onto his Maryland petting farm, spray painted his 650-pound sow and her week-old piglets, then stole his tortoise -- her name is Henrietta -- earlier this week.

"I don't think it's a middle-aged couple that said 'let's go tag some...

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This Puppy Was Rescued From A Dog Meat Festival -- Then Found The Best New Home

(51) Comments | Posted July 2, 2014 | 10:50 AM

Just a few weeks ago, Scout the fluffy pup was saved from being killed and eaten when he was bought from a vendor at an annual dog meat festival held in the Chinese city of Yulin.

He spent last weekend at a Humane Society gala in Washington, D.C., accompanying his...

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This Photographer Wants You To See Street Dogs In A New Light

(10) Comments | Posted July 1, 2014 | 11:55 AM

For around a year now, Raul Valda has been taking beautiful photos of Bolivian street dogs.

He started the project in response to a rough period of his own: About 10 years ago, Valda, who lives in La Paz, was suffering his "first bipolarity crisis," he says....

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Pit Bull Returned To High Kill Shelter For Farting Too Much Gets A Second Chance

(116) Comments | Posted July 1, 2014 | 8:17 AM

This pit bull got a lucky break: unlike so many other block-headed pups, Misty was adopted out of a high kill shelter in South Carolina.

Then Misty was returned -- because she "passes too much gas," according to a heartbreaking Facebook post put up in late...

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South Dakota Has Had It With Discrimination Against Pit Bulls

(495) Comments | Posted June 30, 2014 | 2:19 PM

Pit bull advocates will hereby know July 1 as "Dog Breed Independence Day" in South Dakota.

On Tuesday, a law goes into effect that stops localities in that state from regulating dogs by breed. Breed specific legislation -- or BSL, as these sorts of laws are known -- are...

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Höchste Zeit, die Vorurteile gegen Pit Bulls loszuwerden

(4) Comments | Posted June 28, 2014 | 9:48 AM

Mein Hund Murray und ich machten neulich einen unserer gewohnten Spaziergänge durch die Stadt, als wir auf ein Hündchen trafen, das wir vorher noch nie gesehen haben. Ich weiß nicht viel über unsere menschlichen Nachbarn, aber ich habe eine ziemlich umfassende Liste aller Hunde in der Stadt im Kopf. Wir...

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It's Time to End the Prejudice Against Pit Bulls

(936) Comments | Posted June 23, 2014 | 12:21 PM

My dog Murray and I were taking our usual amble through town the other day, when we came upon a puppy we hadn't seen before. I don't know a lot of my human neighbors, but I've got a pretty comprehensive roster of all the dogs around town. We stopped to...

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2 More States May Give Abused Pit Bulls A Fighting Chance

(20) Comments | Posted June 20, 2014 | 1:11 PM

Biscuits and belly rubs for two state legislatures! Michigan and Delaware are both considering bills that would give abused pit bulls a fighting chance.

Michigan's Senate Bill 990, introduced last week, would save the lives of dogs pulled from dog fighting operations. It would amend the current...

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