- The Washington Times - Sunday, August 3, 2008

ANALYSIS/OPINION:

Noble — Kimberly Cole, an Arizona real-estate agent who helps pet owners who are losing their homes to find rentals that will let them keep their pets.

As home foreclosures increase in many regions of the United States, financially distressed homeowners face the added stress of finding a home for their pets. According to the Humane Society of the United States, shelters across the country are seeing substantial increases in numbers of animals - the problem is particularly serious in states like Arizona, California and Florida, where foreclosures are skyrocketing. That’s where Kimberly Cole, a real-estate agent with Signature Realty Group in Tempe, Ariz. enters the picture. Mrs. Cole helps people find rentals that will allow them to keep their pets when they downsize and she has also rescued animals left behind after foreclosures - two of her own dogs are victims of abandonment. “There are rentals that will let you keep your dogs,” she told the Arizona Republic. “You just have to be responsible.”

For her efforts to rescue four-legged victims of foreclosure, Kimberly Cole is the Noble of the Week.

Knave — Authorities in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, who have banned selling cats and dogs as pets and walking them in public.

Officials in the Saudi capital felt they had a real problem on their hands: men and women were meeting each other when walking their pets, a practice frowned upon by the Wahhabi Muslim leadership of the country. So, on Wednesday, the Associated Press reports, they banned people from selling dogs and cats as pets and walking them in public. The prohibition took effect Wednesday, and authorities vow to strictly enforce it. Violators found outside with their pets will have their cats and dogs confiscated by the Commission for the Promotion of Virtue and the Prevention of Vice - the Saudi religious police. A police official said the ban is necessary to thwart “the rising phenomenon of men using cats and dogs to make passes at woman and pester their families.” For criminalizing normal human behavior, authorities in Riyadh are the Knave of the Week.

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