Weekly wag April 27

Shows on puppy mills and service dogs to air. Tune in a week from today (Apr. 27) for the long-awaited Animal Planet program: Puppy Mills Exposed. It's a special edition of Animal Cops, Philadelphia which examines conditions in puppy mills in Pennsylvania. Follow undercover investigators with the Pennsylvania SPCA as they see sick and diseased dogs living in squalor in Limestone Kennel in Cochranville, Chester County. During the raid last July 80 dogs were removed the kennel shut down. It was volunteers with Main Line Animal Rescue who rescued 10 dogs in poor condition weeks earlier who alerted the PSPCA to the problems at the kennel.

Over on Comcast On Demand checkout an ongoing broadcast of the amazing work of service dogs trained by Chester County-based Canine Partners for Life. The five-part series is available through May.1.

Dogs helping dogs. Rep. Bernie O'Neill (R., Bucks) is sponsoring his second canine blood drive on May 2 in Warminster. Canine donors must weigh between 55 and 150 pounds, range from ages 1 to 6 years old, be in excellent health with good temperament, and have a blood type that is DEA 1.1 negative. A simple blood test will be performed on site to test for the dog's blood type. The blood drive will run from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. in the parking lot of O'Neill's Warminster district office, which is located next to Perkins' Restaurant on York Road. To participate, dog owners must contact Janine Bishop in O'Neill's district office at (215) 441-2624 by April 28.

Banning retail cat and dog sales in California. In what appears to be the first ordinance of its kind, South Lake Tahoe City Council has banned the retail sale of cats and dogs. Breeders can still sell directly to consumers and stores can help shelters by allowing cats and dogs to be adopted from their businesses. The lone pet store in town is vowing to sue.

From the get a clue department. The PSPCA has sent out word urging anyone with litters of kittens or puppies not to take the days old animals to the shelter. Not only is it extremely dangerous to the infant animals, but it's a burden on foster caregivers who must endure the stress of having helpless baby animals die in their arms. The best way to prevent unwanted litters is to spay or neuter your pet. The PSPCA officer low cost spay/neuter services, $45 for male cats, $55 for female cats, $65 for male dogs and $85 for female dogs. To make an appointment, call 215-426-6300.