The weekly wag: UPDATE


Anti-tethering bill introduced in state House

Rep. Mario Scavello (R., Monroe) has introduced a new version of the anti-tethering bill he sponsored last session. The bill would ban the chaining of dogs between the hours of 10 p.m. and 6 a.m. Mary Jo McClain, director of the Pennsylvania Legislative Animal Network, said the new bill includes a prohibition on chaining during periods of extreme hot and cold weather and when weather advisories are in effect. It also includes a 15 minute exemption for late night potty breaks. The bill, HB 1254, has 50 co-sponsors so far, and has been referred to the House Judiciary Committee. Supporters of the legislation argue that not only is tethering inhumane, but it can lead to aggressive behavior in dogs that can have fatal conseqences for humans, particularly children.



Portraits of life on a chain in Pennsylvania. An animal welfare advocacy group has created a county-by-county "wall of shame" showing images of chained dogs to call attention to efforts to win passage of legislation banning the 24/7 chaining of dogs. Tamira Thane, founder of Dogs Deserve Better, is pushing for an anti-tethering bill for the third legislative session. (The bill passed House Judiciary Committee last year but failed to get a vote by the full House). The sponsor of last session's bill Rep. Mario Scavello (R., Monroe) has said he intends to re-introduce the bill and so far has 30 co-sponsors.

Kitten season is here and the Pennsylvania SPCA is looking for a few good nannies. With the number of pregnant cats and kittens entering the shelter on the rise, the need for loving foster homes is also growing. The PSPCA provides vet and behavior care and adoption counseling for fosters. (Foster moms and dads also get free wellness care and vaccinations for up to four of their own animals at the PSPCA vet clinic.) For more information visit or contact Natalie Smith, PSPCA Manager of Lifesaving, at

Bocci finds a home on the range. Bocci, the emotionally-scarred Boston terrier seized from one of the most notorious Lancaster County puppy mills last year, has arrived at her new home at Best Friends Sanctuary in Utah. She had been in the care of the Humane League of Lancaster County, but her severe emotional problems made it impossible for the shelter to place her. That's when Best Friends stepped up and offered to take Bocci in if the shelter could get her there. With a huge outpouring of financial support from animal lovers, two shelter staffers set off in a rented van with Bocci in tow, along wth Daphne, a Yorkie rescued from a puppy mill and Mr. Lucky, a feline leukemia positive cat, who will also have home at Best Friends. Along the way they picked up a stray dog in Oklahoma - giving him the name Tulsa - who was flown back to Lancaster and will be placed up for adoption. For more updates on Bocci

Got dirt? The Humane League of Lancaster County needs donations to rebuild its play area and rebuild its aging barn that houses surrendered and seized farm animals. They need 20 tons of top soil, 8-10 yards of rubber mulch and 20 tons of crushed stone for the play area. They also are seeking building materials to reconstruct the barn. To make a donation of supplies contact Kerry Flanagan at 717-393-6551 ext. 221. The shelter is also accepting monetary donations for the projects.

Got old electronics? The Animal Rescue League of Berks County is holding an electronics recycling drive to raise money for its shelter from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on April 24. Items accepted include: AC adapters, all-in-one devices, automated home assistance devices, batteries of all kinds, battery back-up systems, cameras, CD/DVD duplicators, cell phones, computer components and parts, computers, electric lawn mowers, electric pianos and organs, electric wheelchairs, gaming consoles, generators, keyboards, laptops and notebook computers, microwave ovens, monitors, mice, networking hardware (hubs, switches, routers, wiring, fiber, cables, etc.), PDA devices, power supplies, projectors, radios, remote controls, servers, speakers, stereos (home and auto), telephone equipment, UPS (uninterrupted power supplies), video cameras, wireless devices Drop off sites are Penn State Berks commuter parking lot section C-4. Take Rt. 222 toward Reading to the Broadcasting Road exit and turn right. Turn right onto Harper Road. C-4 is the first parking lot on the left. Also in front of the PENNDOT salt shed on Rt. 724. From 176, take the Birdsboro Exit 10 and turn left onto 724. The PENNDOT Lot is just up the road on the left.