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Archive: January, 2013

POSTED: Tuesday, January 8, 2013, 8:21 AM

The sweet dog with the ugly name is back home in Florida after enduring a tragedy in Pennsylvania.

Rancid, a black Lab, was left stranded on an icy Pennsylvania road after his owner was killed in a post-Christmas accident on treacherous I-78 in northeastern Pennsylvania.

Richard Helms had pulled over and gotten out of his car to help a stranded motorist when another car lost control and hit him.

POSTED: Saturday, January 5, 2013, 10:55 AM

The number of rabies cases reported in Pennsylvania dropped by 15 percent last year.

The annual county-by-count rabies map released by the Department of Agriculture recorded 382 cases across Pennsylvania in 2012, compared with 450 in 2011.

Chester County recorded the highest number of cases with 23, among them 16 raccoons and four bats which tested positive for the disease.

POSTED: Friday, January 4, 2013, 6:30 PM

The owner of a Morgan horse farm outside of Harrisburg was charged with six counts of animal cruelty after authorities removed five horses from her property where another five are believed to have been found dead.

The Humane Society of Harrisburg Area filed charges Rebecca Roberts, owner of Shadowland Morgans and Sport Horses, where the agency seized five starving horses last week, according to WHTM-TV (which has pictures of the surviving horses here).

Five of the charges were for each of the emaciated horses found on her Palmyra farm and another count for a horse that died after Roberts was given a written warning last month.

POSTED: Thursday, January 3, 2013, 7:55 PM

UPDATE: The ASPCA says it wants to have animals moved by the end of the weekend but it does not have a firm closing date. There are only 22 cats and 14 dogs listed on their found page because those were picked up after the storm and owners have not been identified. The other roughly 100 dogs and cats were placed at the shelter by owners who could not care for them immediately after the storm, but the owners have not yet come to get them.

New York and New Jersey residents: Did you flee Superstorm Sandy and leave anything valuable behind? Say, your pet?

The ASPCA is sending out a plea to pet owners to come claim their cat or dog at their emergency boarding shelter in Brooklyn before the facility closes its doors.  

POSTED: Thursday, January 3, 2013, 12:45 AM
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POSTED: Wednesday, January 2, 2013, 7:14 AM

ETrade has its baby.

Volkswagon and Suburu have their driving dogs (and sometimes cats).

It seems dogs have replaced sexy women as the way to sell vehicles these days, popping up in more and more car commercials, along with the more predictable - but no less creative - pet food ads.


POSTED: Tuesday, January 1, 2013, 8:59 AM

We've had a steady stream of sad animal news crossing our transom this holiday season.

So I looked for a little levity in cyberspace to start the new year.

Fellow pet blogger ohmidog discovered this little video of a multi-tasking pup who was trying out gymnastics moves while eating.


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