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POSTED: Friday, September 21, 2012, 5:17 PM

The Pennsylvania SPCA has busted an illegal breeding operation in Philadelphia and seized 21 dogs - many of them sick with the deadly parvo virus.

Humane Law Enforcement officers entered a house on the 4300 block of Benner St. in the city's Mayfair section yesterday and found 10 adult dogs and 11 puppies being kept in cramped cages.

Kristie Mitchell, 34, and Daniel Carlin, 27, were cited with 42 counts of animal cruelty.

POSTED: Thursday, September 20, 2012, 8:44 AM

A century ago, wealthy explorers - and even legitimate biologists - were known to travel the world and wontonly kill animals for study and to put on exhibit at museums.

Seems a Texas museum is bringing back that tradition.

Two live mules were pulled from an auction pen, slaughtered and stuffed for display for a new exhibit at the American Museum of Agriculture in Lubbock.

POSTED: Tuesday, September 18, 2012, 8:35 AM

News late last week that China-made dog treats have been linked to the deaths of 360 dogs - and 1 cat - and sickened another 2,000 over the past five years should prompt pet owners to do one thing: read the labels of the products they buy. 

The Food and Drug Administration in a report says the majority of complaints since 2007 involve imported chicken jerky (treats, tenders, and strips), but others include duck, sweet potato, and treats where chicken or duck jerky is wrapped around dried fruits, sweet potatoes, or yams.

The vast majority of dog treats and toys sold by the largest pet retailers are made in China. I flipped over a pumpkin-shaped rawhide in PetSmart yesterday and, yep, there's the sticker: Made in China.

POSTED: Thursday, September 13, 2012, 1:57 PM

Anyone who owns a cat knows that suitcases are like catnip to felines. They love to curl up and snuggle in their owners' freshly-packed and hair free clothes.

But that still didn't temper the surprise of an Ohio woman when she saw her cat Bob-bob pop out of her suitcase when she arrived at Disneyworld for her vacation.

On Monday, Bob-bob tucked himself into Ethel Maze’s suitcase, made it through screening at Port Columbus International Airport and was loaded on her flight to Orlando.

POSTED: Friday, September 14, 2012, 1:01 AM

The Department of Agriculture has eliminated its fulltime dog law veterinarian position, prompting concerns among animal advocates that the state is backsliding further on its commitment to improving the health of dogs in breeding kennels.

Danielle Ward, who had served exclusively as the Bureau of Dog Law Enforcement staff veterinarian since 2009, will work only on a per diem basis as needed, according to an email distributed to dog wardens that was obtained by the Inquirer.

Ward was appointed  to the new post as part of the sweeping overhaul of dog law during the Rendell administration. In that role she accompanied dog wardens on inspections of many of the worst kennels in the state, evaluating animal health and ordering many kennel owners to get treatment for dogs in poor health within 48 hours

POSTED: Wednesday, September 12, 2012, 11:55 PM

York County is fast going "chain-free."

We learn that the number of municipalities in the central Pennsylvania county banning 24/7 dog chaining has grown from four to six in the past week.

West York borough and Heidelberg Township became the latest municipalities to pass ordinances limiting the length of time a dog may spend on a chain, according to the York Dispatch.

POSTED: Thursday, September 6, 2012, 12:27 AM

UPDATE - The Animal Hospital of Punxsutawney is still taking contributions to help defray the cost ofcaring for these sick dogs. Any additional money will go into a fund to help pay for the care of other needy animals. Veterinarian Emily Rapp said the funds will benefit stray animals and owners who cannot afford expensive surgery or complex treatments for their pets. Contributions may be sent to:

Animal Hospital of Punxsutawney

 2421 Walston Rd.

POSTED: Wednesday, September 5, 2012, 9:29 AM

Tragedy across parts of Africa as elephants are being mass slaughtered to feed a growing trade in illegal ivory in China. The New York Times reports that conservation groups say tens of thousands of elephants are being slaughtered each year in the Congo and elsewhere in an "epic" massacre for the "white gold" worth millions on the black market.

In the U.S., the drought that has devastated millions of acres of cropland in the west and midwest has left thousands of horses high and dry too. From New Mexico to Illinois owners are abandoning horses at an alarming rate, reports The New York Times because they can't afford to feed them. The influx of stray horses is now putting new pressures on cash-strapped rescues.

Closer to home, New Jersey authorities are looking for two women believed to have abducted a trained police dog in Falls Township, Bucks County (Pa.) on Aug. 28.

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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 aworden@phillynews.com.

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