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POSTED: Thursday, May 15, 2014, 6:28 PM

In case you missed it, my colleague Mari Schaeffer wrote a piece last week about a lawsuit involving the Chester County SPCA and a local resident whose home was raided and animals removed.

WEST CHESTER An East Bradford Township man is suing the Chester County SPCA and the District Attorney's Office, alleging that two shelter staff members falsely represented themselves as authorized humane officers during a raid at his house in which more than 20 of his animals were confiscated.

Larry Woodward of Bridge Road contends that his rights were violated when SPCA officials Christina Cain Pelosi and Craig Baxter, along with two police officers, came to his home April 22 with a search warrant.

POSTED: Tuesday, May 13, 2014, 6:51 AM
Paul Ober of Celtic Farm & Kennels. (Photo via Facebook)

The Pennsylvania SPCA removed five elderly dogs in poor health from a nationally-known Berks County sporting dog breeder who could face animal cruelty charges.

Responding to a tip, the PSPCA obtained a search warrant to enter the state-licensed kennel in Mohrsville Thursday night where they found 60 dogs.

PSPCA forensic veterinarians on the scene evaluated the animals and determined that five dogs required further evaluation and treatment for health conditions, the organization said in a press release.

POSTED: Sunday, May 11, 2014, 12:33 PM

The Dog Whisperer - otherwise known as Cesar Millan - sent out an unusual Mother's Day greeting to his mom today. He thanked her for the "tsch!"

That's the signature sound that Milan uses in his dog training. He tells us it was the same sound his mom used  when he was growing up to let him know when he had crossed the line.

Take a look:

POSTED: Friday, May 9, 2014, 11:17 AM

The announcement this week by the Humane Society of the United States brought to light new evidence of the systemic cruelty in the nation's commercial dog breeding kennels. 

Read some of the "lowlights" from the chilling report - particularly among breeders in the country's largest kennels in the midwest - and it will remind you that many who engage in mass puppy sales care far more about the cash than the health and welfare of the animals in their kennels.

Below is a Michigan TV news report on one of the worst offenders in that state. It documents the difficulty officials have in shutting down kennels despite multiple citations and complaints from customers.

POSTED: Wednesday, May 7, 2014, 9:11 AM

A Philadelphia woman is banned for owning animals for two years after pleading guilty in the starving death of one dog and the mistreatment of four other pets.

Caroline Nickel, 32, of the Pennsport section of Philadelphia, was sentenced Friday to two years probation and received two-year ban on animal ownership after pleading guilty to multiple counts of animal cruelty.

Nickel admitted to starving one dog to death and nearly killing another dog who was found badly emaciated stuffed in a closet on top of the dead dog..

POSTED: Monday, May 5, 2014, 1:31 PM

The Humane Society of the United States today released a report the 101 worst dog breeding kennels in the United States, among them were four kennels in Pennsylvania and a New Jersey dog dealer who buys puppies from Pennsylvania kennels.

In its eighth annual report on conditions in commercial breeding facilities in the U.S., HSUS highlights kennels where federal and state inspectors documented an array of violations and inhuman conditions including leaving dogs to suffer in the extreme heat and cold, leaving dogs to suffer from untreated medical conditions, euthanizing animals rather than provide them warmer conditions.  (Read the full report here.)

The Pennsylvania kennels cited for repeated violations of the dog law - including filthy conditions, high ammonia levels, poor ventilation, rodent infestations, lack of veterinary care - were in Lancaster and Berks counties. 

POSTED: Thursday, May 1, 2014, 10:32 AM

Like taxes, they come every April. But this arrival is fun and free. I'm talking about the peregrine falcon chicks and the launch of the exciting time on falcon cam, the annual nature show atop the Rachel Carson DEP building in Harrisburg.

This year the two mating peregrine falcons have four healthy chicks, who we hear are constantly nagging their parents with demands for food.

POSTED: Wednesday, April 30, 2014, 8:11 AM

It's not unusual to see pet carriers stashed under seats on airline flights.

But until now pets - except service dogs - were forbidden from riding the rails on Amtrak.

This week Amtrak and the Illinois Department of Transportation announced they are teaming up in a pilot program to let travelers bring their pets along on two trains out of Chicago.

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

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