Saturday, December 27, 2014

POSTED: Wednesday, December 24, 2014, 10:14 AM

The nation's largest coffee retailer quietly announced this week that it will only buy animal products from suppliers who practice humane farming, in what advocacy groups say is the most sweeping animal welfare policy of any restaurant chain.

In a statement Starbucks said it is expanding its commitment  to use industry best practices in meat, egg and dairy production. 

POSTED: Monday, December 22, 2014, 9:51 AM

For the third time in a week dogs in extreme situations have had to be rescued from unlicensed kennels in  Lancaster County.

In the first case, the Pennsylvania SPCA raided the home of a hoarder in Lititz who was housing 62 adult dog and puppies in every available enclosed space on her property, including Amish buggies.

A day later the Lancaster SPCA removed six dogs from am unlicensed breeding kennel in Strasburg – including a dog with no eyes and another with no legs.

POSTED: Thursday, December 18, 2014, 4:36 PM

A Lancaster County woman is facing animal cruelty charges after the Pennsylvania SPCA raided her property and found 62 dogs crammed in every available space: the house, barn, garage, closets, bathrooms - even in Amish buggies.

PSPCA humane police officers and dog wardens late Tuesday faced what was described as the "overwhelming" stench of ammonia smells and floors covered newspapers with multiple layers of feces to find and remove the dogs in an operation that took six hours, officials said,

POSTED: Thursday, December 18, 2014, 8:19 AM

A national group has released its annual list of animal protection laws, highlighting the top five states "to be an animal abuser."

Wyoming, Iowa, Kentucky, Utah and New Mexico have the weakest animal cruelty laws, according to a new report released by the Animal Legal Defense Fund  (ALDF).

And rounding out the bottom tier in the rankings of 50 states, plus the District of Columbia and U.S. territories?

POSTED: Tuesday, December 16, 2014, 10:56 PM

Wanted: Foal sitters for busy equine maternity ward.

Penn Vet’s world famous New Bolton Center is recruiting volunteers to assist veterinarians and staff in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) during the busy foaling season.

POSTED: Friday, December 12, 2014, 1:07 PM
Hercules, a rescued pitbull puppy, ended up being adopted by the family of Dr. Amy Zahn (pictured), the veterinarian that cared for him around the clock. (Youtube/Amy C )

Eighteen months ago a pedestrian in the West Oak Lane section of Philadelphia came upon a horrific sight: a pit bull puppy in flames

It was the second such dog burning case in a week in the city and the kind of shocking incident that prompted a national outcry. Philadelphia district attorney Seth Williams led a rally against animal abuse and Facebook pages popped up to raise money to save the severely injured dog.

This week, Animal Alliance NJ, the Lambertville animal shelter that took guardianship of the puppy named Hercules and provided the resources for veterinary care by the crack medical team at Crown Veterinary that saved him, is being recognized with a $100,000 award from Petco Foundation.

POSTED: Thursday, December 4, 2014, 8:48 AM
PSPCA officers cited Elam Beiler of Leola with 10 summary counts of unsanitary confinement and failure to provide veterinary care following an investigation and a search warrant executed Tuesday afternoon.

The Pennsylvania SPCA has charged a Lancaster County man with multiple counts of animal cruelty after raiding his kennel earlier this week and finding 10 dogs with untreated medical conditions living in filth.

PSPCA officers cited Elam Beiler of Leola with 10 summary counts of unsanitary confinement and failure to provide veterinary care following an investigation and a search warrant executed Tuesday afternoon.

The PSPCA seized ten Maltese and Poodle-type dogs. Beiler surrendered the dogs to the PSPCA and they are being further evaluated and treated to make them ready for adoption.

POSTED: Wednesday, December 3, 2014, 10:29 AM

The state's second largest city is poised to ban 24/7 dog chaining in severe weather.

Pittsburgh City Council is set to vote on a bill that would make it illegal to leave a dog out for more than half an hour if the temperature falls below 32 degrees or rises above 90 degrees.

The pair of ordinances, sponsored by Councilwoman Darlene Harris, also make it illegal to tether dogs except when necessary for the owner ‘‘to complete a temporary task’’ and specify that the tether must be attached by a ‘‘non-choke type collar’’ attached by ‘‘swivel anchors, latches or similar devices’’ to prevent the dog from becoming tangled.

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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