Monday wag, hero dogs, puppy mills and pierced kittens

Mourners will gather Thursday to remember the hero K-9 Schultz, the German Shepherd killed last week in Gloucester Township, New Jersey while apprehending a robber. The 3 1/2 year-old dog had sunk his jaws on the suspect's arm during a chase on Wednesday when the suspect swung his arm throwing Schultz into the path of a car. The dog's handler, Gloucester Township Police Cpl. Mark Pickard, watched as a car struck the dog who died on the roadside within minutes.

Schultz joined the force in 2008 and was named after Dave "The Hammer" Schultz, a tough hockey player for the Philadelphia Flyers in the 1970s. He lived with Pickard - who is on administrative grief leave - his wife and three children. The suspect was charged with cruelty to animals and inflicting harm on a law enforcement animal, for which he could serve five years in prison. The memorial service will be held at 2:00 PM at Gloucester Township Community Park, 400 Hickstown Road, Erial. (Photo: Gloucester County Times)

On the topic of hero dogs, a memorial service was held in Tuscon over the weekend for Target, the dog brought to the U.S. from Afghanistan by one of the soldiers whose lives she was credited with saving — only to be accidentally euthanized by an animal shelter. Target was a stray befriended by a group of American soldiers who ended up a hero, keeping a suicide bomber who was trying to enter a building on a military base from gaining access. The bomb went off in a doorway and five soldiers were injured, several of whom credited Target with helping save their lives.

Phoenix soldier Terry Young brought Target back home to Arizona. Last month, the dog escaped from Young’s yard and ended up in at the Pinal County animal shelter, where she was accidentally euthanized the next day. The employee responsible for the mistake has been fired.[A tragic reminder that dogs should microchipped and licensed and wear collars at all times.]

Remember the woman who was convicted animal cruelty for piercing kittens and offering them for sale in what she promoted as a "Goth" fashion statement? Now, two years later, she wants to reopen her grooming salon near Wilkes-Barre. Holly Crawford was sentenced to six months of house arrest earlier this year on animal cruelty charges after trying to sell "Gothic" kittens on the Internet. Last week Crawford asked a judge for permission to reopen her grooming shop, Pawside Parlour, according to The Citizens' Voice newspaper. Crawford does not need a state kennel license to open a grooming salon. (Photo: Times-Leader)

A stiff prison sentence for a New Jersey shelter worker convicted of killing cats in his care. A Superior Court judge on Friday sentenced former Monmouth County SPCA worker Daniel Mann to two years in prison for abusing two cats recovering from surgery, according to the Gloucester County Times. Authorities said Mann strangled one with a leash and held another cat in the air by a leash before dropping it on its head. Mann will also have to complete 360 hours of community service - not involving animals. 

In the annals of organized crime, it is often tax evasion, not murder, that puts gangsters in prison. The Indiana Attorney General used a similar approach to shut down a puppy mill last week. More than 100 dogs saved from a Bloomfield, Ind. puppy mill, Love My Puppies, after the Attorney General's office acted to enforce Indiana's sales-tax-evasion laws. The case began when the Attorney General's office received a complaint that the property's owner bred dogs and sold the puppies for hundreds of dollars each, but failed to collect or remit sales taxes to the State of Indiana as required by law. State investigators say Darlene Clark owes $300,000 in unpaid sales taxes. Puppies of the scores of adult dogs found living in filthy, cramped cages, were sold to unsuspecting consumers through newspaper ads and over the Internet.