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POSTED: Monday, March 31, 2014, 8:14 AM

In what in all likelihood is a Pennsylvania first, all four Democrats running in next month's gubernatorial primary have issued statements of support on animal welfare issues.

The statements, solicited by Humane PA, show solid support among the candidates for toughening laws to protect animals,including ending live pigeon shoots, cracking down on puppy mills and combating dog fighting.

Read the statements here:

POSTED: Sunday, March 30, 2014, 6:04 PM

We hit the pause button on our stream of animal news to bring you a sweet short film that considers the age-old question: Who rescued who?

The film, "Le Sauvetage," or "The Rescue," takes us to a Parisian street where a pair of stray dogs conspire to unite two lonely souls.

Produced by pet food maker Halo, the film - well, ok, product placement vehicle - pays tribute to good work of animal shelters the world over and the importance of adoption.

The six-minute, subtitled film stars the Olate Dogs of "America's Got Talent' fame. It opens at the Sonoma International Film Festival on April 2  and at Cannes in May.

POSTED: Wednesday, March 26, 2014, 11:13 PM

UPDATE - The Pennsylvania SPCA said late Thursday it will charge the owner of the cast rescue with violations of the cruelty code following the seizure of more than 200 cats from her property Wednesday. The PSPCA did not identify the woman in its statement, but the Inquirer reported she is Alaine Jacobson who ran Animals in Crisis, a shelter for stray and feral cats.

The specific charges are still to be determined as the PSPCA continues its investigation, the group said. The revised total number of cats removed from the Frankford home Wednesday was 239. an additional 40 cats were surrendered earlier, but the PSPCA said she has said she will not sign over the rest. Surrendered cats will be made available for adoption but the remaining several hun.

POSTED: Wednesday, March 26, 2014, 11:03 AM
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POSTED: Wednesday, March 26, 2014, 10:58 AM

Humane police officers with the Pennsylvania SPCA are removing hundreds of cats from a property in North Philadelphia this morning.

Earlier today officers executed a warrant to remove more than 260 felines from "unsanitary confinement" at a property in the 1600 block of Filmore Street.

"This is a sad situation involving a woman who wanted to help animals but got in over her head and couldn’t provide the care this number of cats requires,” said  Jerry Buckley, the PSPCA's chief executive officer. “We’re doing everything we can to ensure the well-being of these cats.”

POSTED: Sunday, March 23, 2014, 7:51 AM

We wrote yesterday about the decision by the Chester County SPCA not to reveal the name of - or charge - the farmer who was found with 24 puppies and adult dogs crammed in a filthy shed.

POSTED: Saturday, March 22, 2014, 12:36 PM

Two dozen filthy and terrified dogs were confiscated from a farm in Cochranville on Friday, their coats so badly matted their breeds could not immediately be identified.  

 All but one of the dogs were removed from a six-by-ten foot shed the floor, like the dogs inside, was covered with waste, said the Chester County SPCA, which handled the case.

 "I could smell the odor before going into the shed. I saw at least twenty dogs through the window,” said Craig Baxter, special police officer for the CCSPCA. "The floor of the shed was covered in sawdust, wood chips, urine, and feces."

POSTED: Thursday, March 20, 2014, 9:26 AM

The Philadelphia Water Department is looking for a few good spokesdogs to spread the gospel of poop and scoop.

Juniata and Lower Moyamensing resident dogs have the chance to win celebrity status and their owners $200 in prizes in this year's contest.

The deadline for entries is May 15.

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Amy Worden is a politics and government reporter for the Inquirer. In that capacity she has explored a range of animal issues from dog kennel law improvements and horse slaughter to the comeback of peregrine falcons and pigeon hunts. From hamsters to horses, animals have always been part of her life. To pass along a tip or contact Amy, click here. Reach Amy at

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