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POSTED: Friday, December 12, 2014, 1:07 PM
Hercules, a rescued pitbull puppy, ended up being adopted by the family of Dr. Amy Zahn (pictured), the veterinarian that cared for him around the clock. (Youtube/Amy C )

Eighteen months ago a pedestrian in the West Oak Lane section of Philadelphia came upon a horrific sight: a pit bull puppy in flames

It was the second such dog burning case in a week in the city and the kind of shocking incident that prompted a national outcry. Philadelphia district attorney Seth Williams led a rally against animal abuse and Facebook pages popped up to raise money to save the severely injured dog.

This week, Animal Alliance NJ, the Lambertville animal shelter that took guardianship of the puppy named Hercules and provided the resources for veterinary care by the crack medical team at Crown Veterinary that saved him, is being recognized with a $100,000 award from Petco Foundation.

POSTED: Thursday, December 4, 2014, 8:48 AM
PSPCA officers cited Elam Beiler of Leola with 10 summary counts of unsanitary confinement and failure to provide veterinary care following an investigation and a search warrant executed Tuesday afternoon.

The Pennsylvania SPCA has charged a Lancaster County man with multiple counts of animal cruelty after raiding his kennel earlier this week and finding 10 dogs with untreated medical conditions living in filth.

PSPCA officers cited Elam Beiler of Leola with 10 summary counts of unsanitary confinement and failure to provide veterinary care following an investigation and a search warrant executed Tuesday afternoon.

The PSPCA seized ten Maltese and Poodle-type dogs. Beiler surrendered the dogs to the PSPCA and they are being further evaluated and treated to make them ready for adoption.

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.

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 aworden@phillynews.com.

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