Archive: May, 2012
What happens to unwanted puppy mill dogs?
Among the Amish and Mennonite breeders the most common method of destruction was,and probably still is, bullet to the head.
(Commercial kennel owners under the dog law may no longer shoot their animals, but any other breeder or dog owner may do so.)
Not a session goes by without Pennsylvania lawmakers championing the success of legislation that increase penalties for crimes committed against law enforcement or stiffening the punishment for drunk driving or other offenses involving drugs and alcohol.
So why can't the General Assembly pass a bill to hold people criminally liable when their dogs attack service dogs? After all, the legislature approved a bill several years ago that increased the penalties for humans who attack service dogs.
What started as an effort by Rep. John Evans' predecessor to ensure that people who own dogs that attack service dogs are held accountable, has turned into a 15-year- long legislative ordeal.
Has anyone been plucking off an unusual number of ticks on their pets or themselves this spring?
This afternoon our orange tabby cat, Pennsy, who goes outside for daily supervised walks, picked up a tick after about 90 seconds in the grass. Last week my husband came in from mowing the lawn with four ticks on him. As a lifelong outdoors person, I can say I have seen more ticks in the past month on my pets and family than in a whole summer season or more in the past.
Two more people - including a second Pennsylvania resident - have become ill after being exposed to salmonella-tainted dry dog food, bringing the total to 16, say federal officials.
The illnesses are linked to at least 11 brands of dog food manufactured in a Gaston, S.C. plant operated by Diamond Pet Foods. Among the brands distributed by the plant is the store brand at Cosco. Other brands affected include Chicken Soup for the Pet Lovers Soul, Canidea and Taste of the Wild, as well as several Diamond brands.
People in nine states, including New Jersey and the Canadian province of Quebec, have become sickened, five of them were hospitalized. Surprisingly, the Pennsylvania Department of Health has issued no notice of the recall or provided any infomation about the individuals who fell ill here.
What timing!The brilliant ad above www.bliuespringvalleydogs.com crossed my transom (hat tip Omidog) on the very day that the U.S. Department of Agriculture announced it was proposing a new regulation to crack down on breeders who sell puppies over the Internet.
This means kennel owners who breed more than four females and sell the puppies electronically, by mail or over the phone will be subject to the same regulations as pet store wholesalers under the Animal Welfare Act.
Where there are acts of extreme animal cruelty there is the Humane Society of the United States offfering rewards to catch the culprits who commit the worst animal crimes.
This week, to mark the sixth annual Puppy Mill Action Week, HSUS is putting up a special reward in honor of Mother's Day: $5,000 to anyone providing information leading to the arrest and conviction of a puppy mill operator for animal cruelty.
Why target puppy mills? Because it is the mother dogs who suffer the most in puppy mills. They spend their lives in cramped cages,never setting foot on the ground or even seeing the outside, surviving on poor quality food, getting no veterinary care and churning out puppies that are sold at pet stores and over the Internet reaping large profits for their owners.
At least 14 people in nine states, including Pennsylvania, have been sickened from dog food that came from a South Carolina plant that issued four food recalls in the past five months.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said five of the people were hospitalized from handling Diamond dog food.
"People who became ill, the thing that was common among them was that they had fed their pets Diamond Pet Foods," said CDC spokeswoman Lola Russell.
Legislation to create the first-in-the-nation tax credit for adopting a shelter pet came within a hair's breadth of passing the Pennsylvania state House on Tuesday.
The bill, offered as an amendment to tax code legislation by Rep. Jesse White (D., Allegheny), was narrowly defeated 97-96.
The legislation would give individuals or families who adopt a pet from a recognized shelter a $300 tax credit.