'The dog docket:' Latest in animal crime news

FILE - In this Sept. 4, 2012, file photo, Newark, N.J., Mayor Cory Booker addresses the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C. In a 1992 column in The Stanford Daily, his college newspaper, Booker wrote that he was "disgusted by gays" before a transformative experience with a gay peer counselor changed his views. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)

Individuals charged with animal abuse will have to pay up under a new bill that passed the Pennsylvania state House on Wednesday. The "cost of care" legislation now goes to the Senate where it will be considered by the Judiciary Committee. The latest from Philly Dawg here.

A South Jersey man may get drug rehab in lieu of prison in the death of a beloved police K-9. A Superior Court judge is considering a lighter sentence for Skyler Robinson who through a German Shepherd named Schultz into traffic after police pulled him over in June 2011. More from the Inquirer here.

A former Pennsylvania Game Commissioner and current Lancaster County township supervisor pleaded guilty to animal cruelty after a humane officer found five dogs living outside in inpleaded guilty ches of feces and mud. The Lancaster Intelligencer Journal reports Stephen L. Mohr, who is a Conroy township supervisor pleaded guilty to two counts of cruelty and paid a $100 for keelping his three German short-haired pointers and two beagles in filth. Despite the plea, the dogs were not removed and he was ordered to keep their cages clean. Mohr has a history of run ins with authorities on animal issues, In 2011 he pleaded guilty to importing wolf-hybrid dogs and selling them without a license. 

An Amish man in Lancaster County is facing charges for killing a young bald eagle. Paul Zook was charged with killing an endangered or threatened species after shooting the eagle that he thought was a hawk menacing his chickens. Lancaster Intelligencer Journal has the story.

A Dauphin County attorney has pleaded not guilty to animal cruelty charges related to the 30 Morgan horses seized on her property within in the last month and another one found dead after vet care was ordered. Here is Philly Dawg's previous story on the Rebecca Roberts case.

And on a happier note, we ask: Is Newark Mayor Cory Booker really a super hero in a suit? Remember last year when he rescued a woman from a burning house? This week he sped to the rescue of a freezing dog left outside for hours in the cold. Faster then you can Tweet, WABC News reports, Booker arrived at a house last night to rescue the dog.