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Despite a judge’s ruling in November that barred an embattled Vallejo dog breeder from ever possessing dogs again, Susan B. Anthony appears to have ramped up her Carolina dog breeding business as she waits for her appeal to go before the judge.

In November, Anthony was found by a court to have kept her dogs in unsanitary conditions with inadequate nutrition and water.

She was also found negligent in providing sanitary rest boards or floor mats for her dogs to sleep on or veterinary care when needed.

A permanent injunction barring her from “owning, driving, keeping, possessing, or having charge or custody” of any dogs was handed down by the judge.

On Monday, Anthony asked for and received a 60-day extension regarding an appeal she filed in December.

Anthony is not breaking the law by possessing dogs and breeding them at this time, because any injunctions against her were put on hold as soon as she filed an appeal in December, a lawyer from the Animal Legal Defense Fund said. But if she ultimately loses her appeals, who knows how many dogs will need to be rehomed. In the past, authorities have reported as many as 50 dogs at a time on her residential property at the corner of Carolina and El Dorado Streets.

The dog breeder has a long history of citations from animal control going back to 2000, as well as complaints to the sheriff from neighbors who have had to live around strong odors, flies, and dogs running at large, and even reports of dog bites.

Dogs on her property can currently be heard barking and recently there have been reports of puppies crying and nursing female dogs at large in the street. These allegations appear to be backed up by a posting on Anthony’s “California Carolina Dogs” Facebook page advertising new arrivals: “New Puppies,” reads the post dated April 5 of this year, with pictures of the pups.

The Times-Herald has heard dogs barking from Anthony’s property and has seen and heard footage of adult dogs barking as well as what sounds like small puppies crying, recorded in April.

Anthony has repeatedly defied the law and has been accused of “hiding” her dogs at the homes of her mother and brother in order to dodge animal control and other authorities who have seized her dogs in the past. The Times-Herald has not witnessed the sounds of dogs coming from the property of her brother or mother recently.

Anthony’s attorney, Ira Leshin, spoke to the Times-Herald after the initial appeal was filed.

“These are healthy dogs,” he said. “They are not malnourished or mistreated.”

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Leshen asserted that the judgement against Anthony was done by default when she missed a discovery date. But Christopher Berry from the Animal Defense Fund disagreed, saying that the judge had been very clear with her about needing to meet deadlines.

In a 2017 report about Anthony in the Times-Herald, she told the paper that she had a “master’s degree in cleanliness” and is “compulsive” about keeping her yard clean. However, in her neighborhood, her neighbors have reported to authorities and this paper that living around her has been “hell,” not only for having to witness dogs in distress, but to have to smell “overwhelming” odors of dog feces.

The opening brief for Anthony’s appeal is due on July 2.

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15 dog-friendly cities that are getting more popular, survey says

Some city slickers like dogs more than others.

That’s what Zillow and found out in a joint survey that consulted American dog owners.

Data collected by the online real estate marketplace and dog care website helped the two platforms determine the "top emerging dog-friendly cities" for 2021, which is based on the number of property listings that allow dogs and the number of new accounts.


Fifteen cities made it onto the survey’s list, but Denver was found to be the most dog-friendly out of the bunch. The Colorado city stood out from the rest due to its number of public parks and dog-friendly restaurants, breweries and bakeries.

Next on the list is Orlando for its "sunny parks," "growing number of dog parents" and dog-friendly housing options. 

The Sunshine State also makes an appearance on the list three other times with Tampa, Miami and Saint Petersburg – which also makes Florida the state with the highest number of dog-friendly cities for 2021.


North Carolina is the only other state that makes more than one appearance on the Zillow-Rover list with its two largest cities: Charlotte and Fayetteville.

Zillow and Rover’s Top 15 ‘Emerging Dog-Friendly Cities’
  • Denver, Colo.
  • Orlando, Fla.
  • Anaheim, Calif.
  • Charlotte, N.C.
  • Birmingham, Ala.
  • Atlanta, Ga.
  • Boston, Mass.
  • Glendale, Ariz.
  • New Orleans, La.
  • Tampa, Fla.
  • Fayetteville, N.C.
  • Fort Worth, Texas
  • Miami, Fla.
  • Nashville, Tenn.
  • Saint Petersburg, Fla.

Aside from determining which cities are the most dog-friendly, the survey also took a look into real estate trends among dog owners.


According to the survey, 62% of dog owners say they would consider moving for their furry friend. Eighty-six percent also say "pet-friendly features" are important factors they look for whenever they consider moving, which can include access to outdoor spaces, fenced yards and doggie doors. Proximity to dog parks are another important factor when dog owners decide to move.

Some city slickers like dogs more than others, according to Zillow and's joint survey. (iStock)

"Home became more important than ever during the pandemic, sparking the Great Reshuffling. As we rethink where and how we want to live, we're reevaluating what we want and need in a home in this new normal. For many families, that includes considering what's best for their four-legged family members," Zillow’s Home Trends Expert Amanda Pendleton said, in a statement. "Homes with a dog house sold for 3% more than expected last year, while homes with a fenced yard or dog run sold a few days faster than similar homes without these features, even in a year where the market was moving exceptionally fast."


The American Pet Products Association estimates the U.S. is home to 89.7 million dogs. Meanwhile, the U.S. Census Bureau reports there are roughly 328.2 million Americans living in the country currently.

Cortney Moore is a Digital Associate Writer/Producer for Fox Business. Follow her on Twitter at @CortneyMoore716.

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