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POSTED: Monday, August 25, 2014, 9:08 AM

Consider the statistics: Last year Philadelphia's primary city shelter took in 30,000 animals. Of those 19,000 were cats. Roughly 10,000 animals were euthanized, more than half of them cats.

That's 500 cats killed every month.

POSTED: Saturday, August 23, 2014, 12:42 PM

 

In the fall of 2007 ASPCA president Ed Sayres stood at the podium at the posh Rainbow Room at Rockefeller Center and presented the group's lifetime achievement award to Bill Smith, founder of Main Line Animal Rescue in Chester County, for his work rehabilitating dogs who suffered years of abuse in Pennsylvania puppy mills

This week Sayres was tapped to lead the Washington, D.C.-based group that represents commercial dog breeders.

POSTED: Friday, August 22, 2014, 7:56 AM
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Earlier this week we learned from the Department of Agriculture that there were no plans to convene a meeting of the governor's Dog Law Advisory Board this fall.

There have been few attention-grabbing headlines involving animals in recent months and attendance at the spring meeting may have been the lowest in almost a decade.

But since Gov. Rendell fired the board  in 2006 - a time when one of the state's most notorious puppy mill operators held a seat on it - and proclaimed the panel "ineffective" there have been at least two meetings a year, sometimes more.

POSTED: Wednesday, August 20, 2014, 8:14 AM

What a hilarious world it would be.


(Courtesy BuzzFeed)

POSTED: Monday, August 18, 2014, 8:41 AM
The Animal Legal Defense Fund is suing the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania over failure to enforce the 2008 dog law. (iStock)

Catching up on a slew of PA-related animal news...

The Animal Legal Defense Fund is suing the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania over failure to enforce the 2008 dog law. My story here. We were surprised and honored to receive a shout out from Daily News columnist Stu Bykovsky, not one known to casually dole out praise.

The co-owner of Kreider Farms - a large dairy and poultry operation in Lancaster County - is at the center of a federal battle over trophy hunting of polar bears. Ron Kreider is suing the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for not allowing him to bring his polar bear home from Canada. The issue has sparked a battle in Congress over the hunting of polar bears. The Lancaster Intelligencer story here.In 2012, Kreider Farms was the subject of an undercover investigation by the Humane Society of the United States which revealed  filthy conditions for thousands of laying hens, including multiple hens crammed in wire boxes, dead chickens in cages with live birds and mountains of dead flies.

POSTED: Wednesday, August 13, 2014, 8:48 AM
For decades Keith Mohler helped protect the animals of Pennsylvania.

For decades Keith Mohler helped protect the animals of Pennsylvania. Now, following his death last month from lung cancer, his longtime partner needs a helping hand.

Friends of Laura Roberts have organized an online campaign through YouCaring to help raise money to defray Keith's medical bills.

POSTED: Thursday, August 7, 2014, 9:53 PM

The Pennsylvania SPCA busted a cockfighting ring in Berks County today, rescuing as many as 100 birds, a goat, a horse and four dogs.

Early Thursday humane officers, responding to a tip, executed a search warrant on a farm in the 1100 block of Plum Rd. in Bernville. By evening they were still rounding up the animals at the  property.

One individual was arrested, but the PSPCA had not yet released the name of the person, who is facing felony charges of cockfighting as well as animal cruelty violations.

POSTED: Sunday, August 3, 2014, 1:54 PM
To the NRA and few dozen men - many of them from out of state - who unloaded their guns on hundreds of pigeons launched from boxes this weekend in Berks County, pigeon shooting is a "proud Pennsylvania tradition." (iStock)

To the NRA and few dozen men - many of them from out of state - who unloaded their guns on hundreds of pigeons launched from boxes this weekend in Berks County, pigeon shooting is a "proud Pennsylvania tradition."

To pretty much everyone else, as evidenced by polling results, it's a cruel blood sport that must be outlawed.

The Humane Society of Berks County and the Humane Society of the United States used the start of a three-day shoot at Wing Pointe Resort in Berks County on Friday to call for end to the practice of what they describe as a mass killing for cash.


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