Crusading for puppies and pigeons

In case you missed them, two stories of note in recent editions of The Inquirer. Main Line Animal Rescue's Bill Smith took a veterinarian and three PSPCA agents on a road and air trip West to a dog auction in Ohio where Pennsylvania breeders were selling nearly 400 dogs. Twelve dogs bought at the auction are now getting treatment for their diseases and injuries and six Lancaster County breeders are facing animal cruelty changes. More on the "flight of mercy" here. For more information on a citizen effort to ban dog auctions in Ohio click here.

After a nearly one-year truce, the Bucks County pigeon shoot war has erupted again. As my Inquirer colleague Larry King reports, the Philadelphia Gun Club began shooting pigeons launched from boxes again earlier this month despite an agreement with Bensalem officials and animal welfare advocates to stop.