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Archive: January, 2009

POSTED: Friday, January 30, 2009, 11:27 PM

New developments in the ongoing saga of Almost Heaven kennel in Lehigh County where agents last October found some 800 animals living in squalor.

The Bureau of Dog Law Enforcement today rejected the 2009 kennel license application submitted by former kennel operator Derbe "Skip" Eckhart and issued a cease and desist order to April Welter, Eckart's former assistant, who records show is now the owner and  is operating illegally without a state kennel license.

Eckhart and Welter have ten days to appeal and if no appeal is filed, the state will seize the remaining animals, said Chris Ryder, spokesman for the bureau.

POSTED: Friday, January 30, 2009, 9:24 PM

The following were among the cases received recently by the Pennsylvania SPCA. Headquartered at 350 E. Erie Avenue in Philadelphia, the PSPCA operates six branches throughout the state. For more information call 215-426-6300 or visit www.pspca.org. To report animal cruelty call 1-866-601-SPCA.

Cold Weather Emergencies 

STOUTON ST., 2800 block, Jan. 16. During the recent deep freeze, the PSPCA and the Animal Care and Control Team responded to numerous calls of animals left outside without shelter.

POSTED: Thursday, January 29, 2009, 12:31 AM

Considering pet ownership? Check your budget and your bank account first. A recent Associated Press article lays it all out: food, training, health care, grooming, boarding or pet sitting. Caring for a dog can add up to $1,000 a year or more.

Note the story was filed from Houston area and the costs of spaying and neutering can run as high as $300 in the Philadelphia area, although low cost programs are available.  For more information, check out the ASPCA's detailed table of "pet care costs" on its Web site.

POSTED: Wednesday, January 28, 2009, 10:59 PM

Carolina Prime Pet, a dog treat manufacturer, has announced a recall of several varieties of treats containing peanut butter, the latest product linked to the Georgia-based Peanut Butter Corporation of America, which federal investigators say knowingly shipped peanut butter contaminated with salmonella. .

The recalled treats are sold at various retail establishments in the U.S. and Canada. Carolina Prime Pet said it is not aware of any reported cases of illness related to these products, but has issued this voluntary recall as a precautionary measure. More than 500 people in 43 states have been sickened and eight died after eating products made with  peanut butter from that plant.

The recalled products include only the following types of Carolina Prime Pet treats in single unit packages with lot date codes between 081508 and 010909:

POSTED: Wednesday, January 28, 2009, 12:25 AM

Rep. Tom Caltagirone (D., Berks), chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, made good on his promise to put animal cruelty legislation at the top of his agenda with the start of the new legislative session.

A bill that bar anyone except a veterinarian from cutting a dog's vocal cords or performing a Cesarean section unanimously cleared his committee on Tuesday. The bill, sponsored by Caltagirone, also would forbid owners and breeders from performing any ear cropping or tail docking after a puppy is five days old.

The bill (HB39) contains similar language to legislation that passed the House last session but stalled in the Senate amid negotiations over the controversial dog law bill.

POSTED: Tuesday, January 27, 2009, 9:17 AM

The operator of the Chester County kennel where Vice President Joe Biden purchased a German Shepherd puppy last month has been cited again for failing to keep proper records and for poor maintenance and drainage.

A Department of Agriculture spokesman said yesterday that Linda Brown was initially warned about the problems in a Jan. 5 inspection, but when investigators returned to Wolf Den kennel in Spring City last week they found conditions had not improved and sales and health records were incomplete.

The Bureau of Dog Law Enforcement issued her three new citations for violations to the state dog law, one each for records, drainage and maintenance. That's in addition to the two citations issued in December - the same week that Biden purchased the six-week-old puppy.

POSTED: Tuesday, January 27, 2009, 12:02 AM

Pennsylvania SPCA police officers had a really busy start to the weekend, raiding an illegal stable, a cockfight and an alleged dog fighting ring in Philadelphia overnight Friday. When the dust settled, agents had seized seven dogs, two horses and 58 birds from life-threatening situations.

Here's how it went down:

PSPCA officers obtained warrants for a vacant lot and a house in the 2600 Fletcher Street. Sound familiar? That's the address in the Strawberry Mansion section where officers raided a dilapidated stables and found the rotting carcasses of three horses in 2007. This time two emaciated horses with overgrown hooves were found standing in filth in the dining room of a falling-down row house. (See the full Daily News story here)  

POSTED: Monday, January 26, 2009, 11:26 PM

A new reason pet owners should be cautious about what treats they feed these days. Another brand of dog biscuit has been added to the huge list of products in the nationwide peanut butter recall. This time its Happy Tails multi-flavored dog biscuits sold at all Supevalu food stores, which includes Acme Supermarkets.

The following UPC codes and package sizes of Happy Tails dog treats are recalled:

26-ounce packages - UPC 41163-42406
4-pound packages - UPC 41163-42403
For additional information, shoppers can call Supervalu Inc. at 877-932-7948.

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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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