Archive: October, 2012
A friend called last night wondering if the much-anticipated bill to ban gas chambers in Pennsylvania had passed the legislature. He hadn't seen any news posted here and he wondered if lawmakers had taken final action or let the bill die another session.
It took me 24 hours to figure out what was in the final bill and many questions remain about its implications for shelters.
An event in central Pennsylvania aimed at raising awareness about pit bulls turned tragic over the weekend when five puppies became gravely ill and were raced to a vet hospital.
Two puppies died and three were fighting for their lives after what appears to have been an intentional poisoning at the first Central Pennsylvania Pit Bull Awareness Day in Hollidaysburg.
An autopsy showed that the puppies had ingested a poisonous substance and rescuers believe that someone with a hatred of pit bulls targeted the pups, according to WTAJ-TV.
Happy National Feral Cat Day!
A time to remember the countless numbers of dumped, abused, unwanted cats who, through no fault of their own, are forced to survive in the wild.
Gov. Corbett celebrated pet products and new jobs on Friday by helping PetSmart break ground for a new 870,000 square-foot warehouse in Berks County on Friday.
The $50 million facility in Bethel will employ 500 people when it is fully operational in 2011, PetSmart says, and supply stores in 11 states and Canada.
But what wasn't trumpeted was how much the state - taxpayers - ponied up to seal the deal.
Dog breeders are putting 11th-hour pressure on the Pennsylvania Senate to kill two animal welfare bills sought by shelters and their supporters.
The American Kennel Club and its affiliate Pennsylvania Federation of Dog Clubs Legislation are seeking to block a bill that would end the gassing unwanted pets in shelters, a practice widely considered inhumane.
That bill, HB 2630, however, appears poised to become law with Gov. Corbett saying he will sign the bill and Senate leaders giving signs it will win final approval next week.
The Milk Bones don't lie.
Five years after agents raided his dog fighting compound in southern Virginia and rescued Handsome Dan, Sweet Jasmine and 49 other badly damaged pit bulls, Michael Vick owns a dog again.
My colleague, Eagles beat writer Jeff McClane reported today that Vick released a statement saying he and his family had "obtained" a pet.
When animal welfare groups release video depicting horrendous conditions and mistreatment of animals at a slaughterhouse or a puppy mill, often the operators charge that the video was doctored or fake.
Such is the case at Pennsylvania pigeon shoots, the activity, now conducted only at private hunting clubs, that the NRA defends as a "proud hunting tradition" and animal activists call a brutal blood bath.
(I explain the debate over the shoots and the cruelty issue in my story in today's Inquirer.)
An amazing - and mysterious - love story from Long Island.
John Dolan got a phone call from an employee of Good Samaritan Medical Center last Thursday informing him that he found his dog outside the hospital. He asked Dolan to please come get the dog right away because he said he was late for work.