The state Supreme Court ruled late yesterday that the Pennsylvania SPCA is not a government entity and therefore did not have immunity from a lawsuit filed by a woman whose dogs were seized and later euthanized. The SPCA appealed after a Philadelphia jury awarded Laila Snead about $155,000 in a case that began with the January 1999 seizure of about a dozen dogs from what court records described as an abandoned home. More from the AP here.
Philadelphia police are looking for the wife of a man believed to have conducted numerous animal sacrifices in his Feltonville house. A grisly scene of animal bones and feathers was discovered by PSPCA agents executing a search warrant involving two emaciated dogs on Sunday. More from the Inquirer here.
A Haddonfield man who shows champion Rhodesian Ridgebacks is being charged with owning a vicious dog after one of his dogs bit the ear off a 4-year-old visitor. It's not the first time his dogs have gotten him in trouble with the law. Read more in the Inquirer.
Pennsylvania is middle-of-the-road when it comes to prosecuting animal abusers. The Animal Legal Defense Fund compiled its annual list of the states ranking them according to weakest to the toughest cruelty laws.The states where animal abusers are most likely to get off are Hawaii, Idaho, Kentucky, Mississippi, and North Dakota. It says Kentucky is the single worst state in the nation for animal protection laws. The states with the toughest laws are Illinois, Maine, Michigan, Oregon and California.
Speaking of lists, Petfinder.com recently came out with its Top Pet Names of 2009 list. The winners in both the dog and cat categories were Bella, Lucy and Molly. Buddy, Max, Daisy and Lucy are the leaders for pups. Lucy, Smokey, Midnight and Bella are the most popular names for kitties. Taking top honors for weirdest names, Mr. Tomfoolery Scardeycat Eliot, Rusty Buckets and Angry Donut.