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Archive: June, 2012

POSTED: Thursday, June 14, 2012, 12:42 AM

The discovery Wednesday morning of two underfed horses roaming the streets of North Philadelphia raises two questions:

1) Who tosses a horse out on the street like garbage?

POSTED: Wednesday, June 13, 2012, 8:46 AM

How is it that one of the most populous counties in Pennsylvania has no open admission animal shelter and now appears to have no plans to open one?

My colleague Mari Schaefer reports in today's Inquirer that Delaware County officials have scuttled a plan to build a new shelter, a year after the Delaware County SPCA closed its doors to strays in its quest to become a "no-kill" shelter.

The reason? Money. Not all townships decided to "buy in" to the plan as costs escalated.

POSTED: Monday, June 11, 2012, 9:49 PM

My email has been down for the past six hours which leaves me unable to access information I need for news stories. So we bring you this brief commercial break.

POSTED: Sunday, June 10, 2012, 10:12 PM

Another day, another heinous act of cruelty in Pennsylvania. This time in Coatesville where the remains of a Yorkshire terrier were found smoldering in a trash bag early Saturday.

My colleague Bonnie Cook filed this report Sunday afternoon:

A Chester County resident and animal advocate is offering a $1,000 reward for the arrest and conviction of whoever set a dog afire early Saturday in Coatesville and left it to die.

POSTED: Thursday, June 7, 2012, 9:06 AM

Philadelphia City Council is likely to soon approve a measure that would clarify the city's 12-pet limit ordinance.

Under the current code, residents may possess no more than 12 cats or dogs and only two of which may be unspayed or unneutered. But the code stipulates a "dwelling unit," not the whole property.

"We have had cases where people have had more than 12 dogs or cats within a property, not physically in a dwelling, and people have successfully argued that the law doesn't apply," said Brian Abernathy, chief of staff for the city's managing director. "We want to clarify this for animal control."

POSTED: Wednesday, June 6, 2012, 11:20 PM

The state's largest animal welfare organization has tapped a former Campbell's Soup executive to be its new chief executive officer.

Jerry Buckley, who was senior vice president of public affairs and chairman of the Campbell Soup Foundation during his 16 year tenure, has taken over the reins at the Pennsylvania SPCA.

“We believe that his background as a communicator and experience as a business and philanthropic leader will be an asset to our organization as we continue our commitment to be one of the leading animal welfare organizations in the state and region,” said Helene van Beuren, chairman of the PSPCA board.

POSTED: Tuesday, June 5, 2012, 1:47 AM

How exactly do you aim a loaded gun at a baby bird and pull the trigger?

That's exactly what a Pennsylvania wildlife conservation officer - a title hardly fitting in this case - did to three baby robins, according to the Public Opinion of Chambersburg.

Cheryl Geyer of Franklin County, west of Harrisburg, rescued the birds from her backyard after their nest fell down in a storm. After three days of feeding them, she called the Game Commission for help.

POSTED: Monday, June 4, 2012, 11:14 PM

It took 15 years, but finally a bill to protect vulnerable service dogs from attack by other dogs is heading to the governor's desk.

In a concurrence vote, the House overwhelmingly (189-4) supported a measure to allow law enforcement to criminally charge owners of dogs which attack service dogs if the owner has knowledge his dog is aggressive or if the dog has a history of aggression.

A spokesman told the Tribune Review of Pittsburgh that Corbett was "inclined to sign the bill." 

About this blog
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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