Remembering Lisa Rodgers, a Philadelphia animal champion

Philadelphia has lost a true animal champion. Lisa Ann Rodgers, chief operations officer with the Pennsylvania SPCA, succumbed to her battle with cancer Monday. She was 47.

Rodgers, who initially wanted to be a vet, dedicated her life to animals helping thousands of unwanted cats and dogs and other critters who found shelter at the PSPCA. She was instrumental in coordinating efforts with the Animal Planet television network which broadcast a series "Animal Cops: Philadelphia." The show episodes highlighted the brave work of the PSPCA's animal control officers and veterinarians as they confronted animal abuse, whether in city dog fighting rings or rural puppy mills.

Her funeral is Tuesday in Cheltenham.

My colleague John Morrison wrote her obituary for the Daily News.