Thursday, September 18, 2014
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POSTED: Wednesday, September 17, 2014, 8:50 AM
After months of old-fashioned Sherlock Holmes detective work and the help of modern social media Honey the horse was finally returned last month after being MIA for months.

Honey is home again - at least back to her temporary safe haven at Gentle Giants Draft Horse Rescue - but it's been a long haul for the twice-rescued Belgian mare.

After months of old-fashioned Sherlock Holmes detective work and the help of modern social media Honey was finally returned last month after being MIA for months.

The winding trail took rescuers thousands of miles from the Maryland shelter and provides lessons for animal rescues and adopters.

POSTED: Monday, September 15, 2014, 7:45 AM
Animal advocates have just launched a TV ad blitz backed (and narrated) by game show icon Bob Barker featuring gruesome images of suffering animals. (via YouTube)

They have the support of the vast majority (85 percent) of Pennsylvania's population and newspapers across the state. They have just launched a TV ad blitz backed (and narrated) by game show icon Bob Barker featuring gruesome images of suffering animals.

And they have more than enough votes in the Senate to send the bill to the House.

Animal advocates say that the time is now to pass legislation banning the shooting of live pigeons at gun club contests.

POSTED: Friday, September 5, 2014, 8:04 AM

State officials revoked the license of a Lehigh County kennel operated by an individual convicted in connection with one of the worst cases of animal abuse in Pennsylvania history.

The state issued the notice to Hidden Hill Farm kennel in New Tripoli on Sept. 3 after discovering Bryan Smith, who was convicted of cruelty following the 2008 raid on Almost Heaven Kennel in Emmaus, was serving as caretaker at the kennel, a Department of Agriculture spokeswoman said.

Under state law an individual convicted of animal cruelty may not be involved with a licensed kennel for ten years.

POSTED: Monday, September 1, 2014, 9:41 AM
The hot new trend for swim clubs, rec centers and even water parks is hosting dog swims on the Saturday or Sunday after Labor Day - giving doggy paddlers the last shot at summertime splashing. (iStock)

 Labor Day weekend may mark the end of the season at most swim centers - for humans anyway.

The weekend after Labor Day is fast becoming all about the dogs.

The hot new trend for swim clubs, rec centers and even water parks is hosting dog swims on the Saturday or Sunday after Labor Day - giving doggy paddlers the last shot at summertime splashing.


POSTED: Thursday, August 28, 2014, 7:58 AM

A Northwest Philadelphia man has been charged with animal cruelty after humane police officers found three starving dogs at his house.

Anthony Wall, 23, was charged with two counts of animal cruelty for unsanitary confinement and failure to provide veterinary care for the three pit bulls, the Pennsylvania SPCA said.

The dogs were removed Wall's home in the 7000 block of Sommers Rd. in the West Oak Lane section on Wednesday.They were surrendered by Wall and brought to the PSPCA's shelter for veterinary care.

POSTED: Wednesday, August 27, 2014, 10:50 AM
Certified Pet Dog Trainer and Training Director of Opportunity Barks Leigh Siegfried.

Leigh Siegfried is an Associate member of the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants and is a Member of the Association of Pet Dog Trainers. She conducts private behavior counseling sessions, group training classes in basic and advanced manners and agility, and a variety of workshops.

Opportunity Barks classes are held in Philadelphia and Quakertown, PA. Visit www.opbarks.com for more info.


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POSTED: Wednesday, August 27, 2014, 10:37 AM

We've seen GoPro wearing adventurers scale the highest heights and the depths of the oceans but now a chance to see the world from your dog's point of view.

The new GoPro Fetch - its first video camera for dogs - is a camera and harness combination that allows pet owners to see the world through their pup's eyes.

It features two cameras, one mounted on the dog's back for an over-the-head view and another on the chest for capturing close ups of all the action. The camera is water friendly and the harness is easy to clean. Sorry Yorkie folks, the GoPro only fits dogs 15 pounds and up.


POSTED: Monday, August 25, 2014, 5:32 PM

Is your dog sufffering from the muddy summer blues? Does his coat need a little back-to-school boost?

Pick up the leash and trot on over to the Hotel Monaco in Old City after work tomorrow for a quick primp-me-up to celebrate National Dog Day..

Kimpton's "Dog Days of Summer" event features a pop-up doggie spa. Hotel staff will roll out the hoses and towerls for for a complimentary dog wash for all furry friends.

About this blog
Amy Worden is a politics and government reporter for the Inquirer. In that capacity she has explored a range of animal issues from dog kennel law improvements and horse slaughter to the comeback of peregrine falcons and pigeon hunts. From hamsters to horses, animals have always been part of her life. To pass along a tip or contact Amy, click here. Reach Amy at aworden@phillynews.com.

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