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POSTED: Tuesday, September 1, 2009, 12:40 AM

Farewell Chanel. The feisty wire-haired dachshund with a penchant for peanut butter died of natural causes Friday at her home outside of New York City. At the time of her passing, Chanel was 21 - or 147 in dog years - and held the Guinness World Record as the oldest living dog.

Chanel, despite having to wear goggles for her cataracts, exercised daily and ate home-cooked chicken with her dog food, but good care wasn't entirely responsible for her long life, said her owners.

POSTED: Sunday, August 30, 2009, 12:16 PM

The cats of Tiger Ranch are free at last.

The 240 survivors of Tiger Ranch, a filthy, disease-ridden Pittsburgh area shelter raided by the Pennsylvania SPCA in 2008, are now available for adoption.

Tiger Ranch operator Linda Bruno (also known as Lin Marie) voluntarily surrendered the cats as part of a plea deal on cruelty charges last month. She was facing as many as 600 charges for the number of sick and injured animals found on her property last year. Bruno pleaded guilty to 12 animal cruelty charges and will be sentenced on Oct. 5.

POSTED: Saturday, August 29, 2009, 2:52 PM

What would Michael Vick's arrival in the City of Murals be without an artist expressing their feelings on the side of a building?

This mural - showing Vick choking a pit bull - turned up on the side of a shop called “Tires ‘R’ Us” in Philadelphia’s Kensington section. This photo was taken and uploaded to Flickr by k.vonponyfeather and finder's credits go to ohmidog, a Baltimore blogger with a deep Philly connection.

POSTED: Friday, August 28, 2009, 6:43 PM

WPVI-TV cameras captured the gripping rescue of a dog that tumbled over a dam on the Schuylkill by the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

As employees of the Waterworks Restaurant and passerbys looked on in horror, the black dog struggled for 40 minutes against the whitewater at the base of the falls before she floated free and the Philadelphia Police Marine Unit arrived to scoop her out.

But the drama wasn't over yet. The video shows an officer pumping frantically on the exhausted dog's chest for several minutes before giving the "ok" sign.


POSTED: Friday, August 28, 2009, 3:38 PM

Dennis Wolff, who as secretary of agriculture led Gov. Rendell's efforts to improve conditions in commercial dog kennels, toughen enforcement and make kennel inspection information accessible to the public, is stepping down to pursue opportunities in the private sector.

Wolff's last day will be Sept. 12 and Rendell said today he will nominate executive deputy secretary Russell Redding to lead the department.

Redding has worked in the Department of Agriculture since 1995 and run its day-to-day operations as the second-in-command since 2003.

POSTED: Thursday, August 27, 2009, 10:17 PM

On the day Michael Vick made his debut as a Philadelphia Eagle, Gov. Rendell signed an anti-animal-cruelty bill that, among other things, increases penalties for dog-fighting.

The new law - most elements of which take effect in 60 days - makes it illegal for anyone but a veterinarian to perform the following surgical procedures:

Cropping, trimming or cutting off an ear;
Debarking by cutting or injuring the vocal cords;
Docking or cutting off the tail of a dog over five days of age;
Surgically birthing a dog; and
Removing the dewclaws from a dog over five days of age.


POSTED: Thursday, August 27, 2009, 7:57 AM

Philadelphia area animal activists plan to let their voices be heard before the Eagles/Jaguars game tonight.

The Pennsylvania SPCA and Best Friends Animal Society, the Utah-based organization that took in 22 of the pit bulls seized from Michael Vick, are hosting a rally for the 2nd Chance Dogs of Philadelphia.

These are the  pit bulls that have been rescued from abuse and neglect by the Pennsylvania SPCA’s Humane Law Enforcement Officers or found as strays by Animal Control.

POSTED: Wednesday, August 26, 2009, 11:56 PM

While he may be best remembered for his work advancing the causes of civil rights and health care, Sen. Edward Kennedy also championed animal causes. He most recently introduced President Obama and his family to the Portuguese Water Dog breeder who produced First Dog Bo. But long before Bo, Kennedy was an ally to advocates on farm animal issue, animals in research and wildlife.

Wayne Pacelle, president of the Humane Society of the United States, recalls Kennedy's efforts to make the U.S. a more humane place for animals in his blog today.

Meanwhile, Pennsylvania's highest-ranking animal welfare advocate, Gov. Rendell, tomorrow signs the long-awaited dog cruelty bill. The bill, HB 39, will make it illegal for anyone except a veterinarian to perform surgical procedures such as debarking or surgical births. Most of the provisions in the legislation take effect in 60 days.

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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