Friday wag Sept. 25

Contrary to Internet reports, the animals are a-ok at the Montgomery County SPCA. A panicked email cut a blazing path through cyberspace earlier this week, stirring up nationwide concern of an alleged mass euthanasia at the three shelters the SPCA runs in Montgomery County. Turns out it was Montgomery County, Texas. But the buzz did have a positive effect for animals in both locations. My colleague Peter Mucha reports.

Murdered over a mouse. Remember the touching scene in "Shawshank Redemption" when the elderly inmate frees his beloved pet rat on the eve of his release? A prisoner at Allenwood federal correctional facility in central Pennsylvania felt the same way about his mouse. Tommy Meeks spent eight months caring for his pet mouse, Amadeus - even building him an exercise wheel - only to find him crushed behind a mattress one day. He concluded his cellmate had committed the crime and bludgeoned him with a rock. For more read the story in the Patriot-News of Harrisburg. 

Looking for something to do tonight while supporting a good cause? Head on over to the Water Works Restaurant where they are throwing a fundraiser for the Pennsylvania SPCA's Second Chance program for homeless and abused pit bulls. The party is being held in honor of River, the feisty female pit bull who was swept over the falls on the Schuylkill right outside the restaurant and saved by officers with the Philadelphia Police Marine Unit. River has found her forever home with Derek Abram, a bartender at Waterworks who witnessed River's brave battle to survive the swirling waters by the dam. The amazing episode was captured by a Channel 6 Action News camera as was the happy uniting of Derek and River after dog was nursed back to health by the PSPCA staff. The event runs from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m. at the Water Works Restaurant at 640 Water Works Dr. There will be appetizers, wine, music and dessert. Donation is $25. RSVP at

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