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POSTED: Wednesday, December 3, 2014, 10:29 AM

The state's second largest city is poised to ban 24/7 dog chaining in severe weather.

Pittsburgh City Council is set to vote on a bill that would make it illegal to leave a dog out for more than half an hour if the temperature falls below 32 degrees or rises above 90 degrees.

The pair of ordinances, sponsored by Councilwoman Darlene Harris, also make it illegal to tether dogs except when necessary for the owner ‘‘to complete a temporary task’’ and specify that the tether must be attached by a ‘‘non-choke type collar’’ attached by ‘‘swivel anchors, latches or similar devices’’ to prevent the dog from becoming tangled.

POSTED: Tuesday, December 2, 2014, 9:20 AM
Actresses Hilary Swank (L) and Jane Lynch speak during Fox's Cause For Paws: All Star Dog Spectacular at Barker Hangar on November 22, 2014 in Santa Monica, California. (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)

An extraordinary thing happened last week on prime time TV.

The Fox network cleared a solid hour of television real estate on Thanksgiving night, right after the Eagles game to devote to dogs.

We're not talking about a fancy dog show. This was an hour-long infomercial for pet rescue and adoption featuring appearances by some of Hollywood's biggest stars.

POSTED: Friday, November 28, 2014, 9:26 PM
Despite an overwhelming vote of the General Assembly and the wide support of voters New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie on Friday vetoed a bill banning crates that severely limit the movement of pregnant pigs.

Despite an overwhelming vote of the General Assembly and the wide support of voters New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie on Friday vetoed a bill banning crates that severely limit the movement of pregnant pigs.

To animal welfare advocates it was a backward step that flies in the face of the moveby many of the nation's largest pork buyers toward demanding more humane treatment of commercial farm animals.

POSTED: Friday, November 28, 2014, 10:51 AM

The headline was both jarring and familiar: “Mass casualty horse and buggy accident injures 7 in Colerain Township.”

Hardly a day goes by without a news report of a horse-vehicle crash near an Amish settlement somewhere in the eastern United States. Injuries are common.Some involve fatalities. The horses almost always are killed or have to be put down at the scene because of their horrific injuries.

This time the accident occured in southern Lancaster County. On Thanksgiving.

POSTED: Saturday, November 22, 2014, 10:17 AM
Pets Plus Natural of Conshohocken will convert to a “puppy friendly” policy by offering rescued shelter dogs and puppies from the area and from "high-kill" shelters in the south. (Google Maps)

The Humane Society of the United States has for years battled puppy mills on all fronts.

It's fought for state and national legislation toughening standards for breeders.

It's outed legal breeders with terrible track records whose inspection reports are public but  hidden on the U.S. Department of Agriculture website.

POSTED: Thursday, November 20, 2014, 9:11 AM

A Pennsylvania judge this week found that dog clubs and humane societies do not have an automatic right to receive grant funding from the state, nor can they force the legislature to replace funding it removed.

That was the conclusion drawn by Commonwealth Court Judge Anne Covey who dismissed a suit brought by the Pennsylvania Federation of Dog Clubs, the Federated Humane Societies of Pennsylvania and the Humane League of Lancaster County, according to a report in PennLive/Patriot.

POSTED: Monday, November 17, 2014, 10:04 AM
Pennsylvania has the second highest number of deer-car collisions in the nation and that number increased almost 8 percent since last year, according to the most recent statistics released by State Farm in September. (iStock)

This is the time of year I dread going to work in the morning.

Every fall my 25-mile commute to Harrisburg along Route 15 turns into a mine field of deer carcasses along a blood-spattered pavement.

Every year the Pennsylvania Game Commission dutifully puts out a press release warning motorists that deer are on the move during the "rut" - or breeding season -plus hunters send panicked deer bolting from the woods, increasing the risk of collisions.

POSTED: Sunday, November 16, 2014, 10:40 AM
Families with cats with the disease are invited to enroll their pet in the clinical trial at Hope Veterinary Specialists in Malvern.

When our beloved calico Maine Coon cat Katya was diagnosed with oral squamous cell carcinoma in 2003 we took aggressive action.

We consulted cancer specialists in Virginia. We took her to a holistic veterinarian in the Washington D.C. area who several years earlier had worked miracles with accupuncture on my arthritis-stricken childhood family dog.

But using supplements to address the cancer did little good.

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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