Catching up on a slew of PA-related animal news...
The Animal Legal Defense Fund is suing the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania over failure to enforce the 2008 dog law. My story here. We were surprised and honored to receive a shout out from Daily News columnist Stu Bykovsky, not one known to casually dole out praise.
The co-owner of Kreider Farms - a large dairy and poultry operation in Lancaster County - is at the center of a federal battle over trophy hunting of polar bears. Ron Kreider is suing the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for not allowing him to bring his polar bear home from Canada. The issue has sparked a battle in Congress over the hunting of polar bears. The Lancaster Intelligencer story here.In 2012, Kreider Farms was the subject of an undercover investigation by the Humane Society of the United States which revealed filthy conditions for thousands of laying hens, including multiple hens crammed in wire boxes, dead chickens in cages with live birds and mountains of dead flies.
The Pennsylvania SPCA has found homes for 44 of 111 animals seized in a cockfigting raid in Berks County. The group reports 43 birds and a goat have been adopted. A horse and dozens of other birds have not yet been signed over. Three friendly dogs, including the female pit bull pictured above, are available for adoption.Meanwhile, Jesus Manuel Rodriguez of Reading was charged with 10 felony country of cruelty for ownership of fighting roosters.
In other Berks County animal news, Irish setter breeder Paul Ober is due in court on Aug. 25. The Reading lawyer and owner of Celtic Farms Kennel has been charged with multiple counts of cruelty in connection with five senior dogs removed from his property this spring.
Chester County SPCA has a new director - its third in six months. Adam Lamb, currently the director of operations at the SPCA of Florida, takes over the reins of the problem-plagued shelter on Sept. 1. Board member Davide long said Lamb has the "expertise and experience" to take over as leader, praising his work running a high-volume medical clinic and adoption center. The shelter and its board have been in a state of turmoil for at least a year with charges of mistreatment and inhumane living conditions for animals and questions raised about a land deal involving former board president.
Philadelphia area resident goes undercover to bust the worst puppy mills. Formerly with PSPCA and now with the Humane Society of the United States, Tara Loller has spent almost a decade pursuing animal abusers and helping law enforcement and animal welfare groups fight cruelty.
And in Ohio, a Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania woman is sparring with a rescue group that says it now owns the woman's sheltie after it escaped from the yard of her friend in Columbus.