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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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POSTED: Monday, November 10, 2014, 8:20 AM
At Real Art Ways in Hartford cats are the theme of the new exhibit, Cats-In-Residence, and they are not just in the paintings, but live on display. (from realartways.org)

I have often stared at the log walls of my 1832 cabin and thought: I should mount strategically placed shelves where the cats could lounge.

After all, who needs artwork when you have graceful, sinuous and portrait-pretty felines in the house?

But a traveling exhibit, which opened this month at a Connecticut gallery, beat me to it.

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POSTED: Monday, November 3, 2014, 10:13 AM
Belgian Gaia activists protest on the streets of Brussels on September 28, 2014 against slaughter without stunning. Support of people to petition for stunning animals before slaughter so they are unconscious before being killed. There are plenty of hot issues in Pennsylvania campaigns, but individuals who step into the voting booths Tuesday may be considering another factor: Where does that candidate stand on animal issues? (iStock)

Education, jobs, taxes, the environment.

There are plenty of hot issues in Pennsylvania campaigns, but individuals who step into the voting booths Tuesday may be considering another factor: Where does that candidate stand on animal issues?

If the recent down-to-the-wire battle in the General Assembly over a bill to ban pigeon shoots and make it illegal to consume dogs and cats was any indication, a candidate's position on animal welfare matters.

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POSTED: Sunday, November 2, 2014, 8:24 AM
A 5-year-old hound mix literally thrown away by her moving owners is recovering at the (Humane Society of Westmoreland County)

A horrific case of animal abuse was uncovered - literally -  in western Pennsylvania.

A woman who reportedly moved out of state left behind her dog - in the trash.

The five-year-old hound mix was found by a sanitation worker locked in a trash can in a residential neighborhood in New Stanton on Thursday. Officials with the Humane Sciety of Westmoreland County say she may have been in the trash for at least four days, reports KDKA-TV.

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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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