On Second Thought For Thursday, June 29, 2017

Homeless Pets are everywhere in Georgia. The issue has been labeled the biggest challenge facing shelter and rescue operations in our state. We spoke with Gloria Dorsey, vice president of Community Education at the Atlanta Humane Society. We also heard from Jessica Rock, a founding partner at Animal Law Source.  

A new café in Atlanta caters to cats and their humans. At Java Cats Café, you can order coffee and hang out with adoptable cats. GPB’s Sean Powers stopped by to learn more about this purrfectly feline coffee shop. 

Earlier this year, a pack of dogs killed six-year-old Logan Braatz in his Southwest Atlanta neighborhood. Days later, a man was attacked by loose dogs in the same area. The dogs were reportedly a pit bull-collie mix, and the owner was charged with involuntary manslaughter. Earlier this month, the Atlanta City Council approved an ordinance targeting dogs who bite people. We talked about the push for more breed specific legislation with Atlanta Journal-Constitution reporter Ellen Eldridge and Jessica Rock of Animal Law Source.

Dogs can be shy, aggressive, energetic, but have you ever considered that they can also suffer from mental illness? Just like people, when dogs suffer incredible stress they can be psychologically wounded. From Macon, GPB’s Grant Blankenship introduces us to two dogs once involved in dog fighting as they heal.

More than 60 years ago, the U.S. Supreme Court issued its historic ruling making it illegal for states to have separate public schools for black and white students. However, many public schools in the South have actually re-segregated in the years since Brown v. Board, according to a recent report from Civil Rights Project at UCLA. The study also shows that for the first time ever, Latino student enrollment surpassed black enrollment in Georgia schools. We talked with Penn State University professor Erica Frankenberg, Belisa Urbina of the group Ser Familia, and Atlanta Journal-Constitution reporter Maureen Downey.