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Archive: January, 2012

POSTED: Wednesday, January 18, 2012, 7:02 PM

It was kind of like a real life "Night at the Museum."

Where all the shelter dogs come out of their locked kennels to play and raid the fridge after hours.

That's what happened at the Battersea Dogs and Cats Home a few years back.

POSTED: Monday, January 16, 2012, 11:57 PM

The stray dog saga continues to change by the hour in Harrisburg. Today we learned that police officers are still under orders to shoot dogs in the absence of an animal control contract.

The controversial memo directing officers to shoot or "remove" dogs found on city streets is still in effect, despite assurances from city leaders that the order had been rescinded.

Under the order, officers were to shoot "dangerous," sick or injured dogs and either adopt them, give them away or leave them "in a safe place."

POSTED: Monday, January 16, 2012, 7:19 PM

Some of life's not-so-little gaffes have a life of their own.

Such is the case with Seamus the Irish Setter and his unfortunate 12-hour car ride atop Mitt Romney's family station wagon almost 30 years ago.

POSTED: Sunday, January 15, 2012, 11:52 PM

It's 18 degrees right now in Harrisburg and the shelter doors remain closed to city animals.

Worse still, the city police chief reportedly pulled the plug on a temporary plan to house strays inside a police garage.

We have no details from the city but volunteers with theCentral Pennsylvania Animal Alliance (CPAA), an all-volunteer group suddenly saddled with stray animal control and care, say they had received permission from Police Chief Pierre Ritter to house the strays on Friday, but after they moved in food, bedding and crates, he ordered them to vacate this morning.

POSTED: Sunday, January 15, 2012, 8:26 AM

Why is it that legislation aimed at protecting dogs seems to always turn into a gun rights debate?

Like the latest bill before the state Senate to end the use of carbon monoxide to kill dogs and cats in shelters, which until recently was only about ending gas chambers.

Because it's Pennsylvania, where the only bills that pass relating to firearms are those which expand the rights of gun owners.

POSTED: Saturday, January 14, 2012, 10:44 AM

Because there's still no animal control contract for the city of Harrisburg.

And God forbid the governor's beloved Airedale pups slip out of the mansion gates.

Heading into a frigid holiday weekend, pet owners in the city of Harrisburg were assured there would be an animal control contract signed by week's end.

POSTED: Friday, January 13, 2012, 8:48 AM

A Washington State man on vacation near Sarasota was out fishing in the Gulf of Mexico in a kayak when he netted a most unusual catch.

The incident is captured on Rory O'Connor's video camera (At this point we ask: "Who films themselves while fishing?") Well, good thing he did.

The camera caught an amazing rescue.

POSTED: Friday, January 13, 2012, 8:05 AM

A draft horse collapsed and died during an event at the Farm Show in Harrisburg, stunning hundreds of spectators.

The horse, a ten-year-old Belgian named Mark, was part of a team participating in a horse pull when he was unhitched took two steps and collapsed, witnesses said.

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