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Archive: October, 2009

POSTED: Saturday, October 31, 2009, 5:42 PM

An international animal rights group says it will stage anti-dog fighting protests before the Eagles home games starting tomorrow (Nov. 1).

In Defense of Animals -  which supports wild and domestic animal causes around the world and staged a protest before the Eagles game in Oakland last Sunday - says volunteers will hold a peaceful "Demos for Dogs" between 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. outside Lincoln Field for the remainder of the season.

The group says it is protesting dog fighting and its connection to the NFL, the Eagles and quarterback, Michael Vick.

POSTED: Saturday, October 31, 2009, 12:28 AM

The U.S. Department of Agriculture halted operations at a Vermont slaughter house after undercover video reveals shocking abuse of veal calves.

The video, shot by a Humane Society of the United States investigator, shows workers kicking downed calves, hitting the days-old animals with electric prods and shows a calves skinned alive.

After examining the video, the USDA closed the plant and said it would launch an investigation.


POSTED: Friday, October 30, 2009, 3:18 PM

The reward for information leading to the culprit in the case of the two slain dogs in Chester County has grown again today.

This time a $10,000 donation from the Montgomery County-based Brook Lenfest Foundation has sent the total up to $25,000. Investigators say they have lots of tips but no hard leads yet toward solving the bizarre shooting.

Meanwhile, the family who owned the dead dogs is thanking the public for their help and donations. More from my colleague Kathleen Brady Shea here.

POSTED: Thursday, October 29, 2009, 10:36 AM

This just in... the reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of whoever shot two pet short-haired pointers in Chester County has increased to $15,000.

The dogs - a 1 1/2-year-old German shorthaired pointer named Emma and a 2-year-old mix of the same breed called Luna - had been reported missing Sunday morning from a farm in Pocopson Township in the Chadds Ford area. They were found that afternoon, shot "between the eyes at close range" and placed tail to tail, about six miles away in Pennsbury Township.

Police are looking for a red Ford F-150 pickup seen with its lights flashing in the area where the dogs' bodies were dumped.

POSTED: Thursday, October 29, 2009, 10:20 PM

Call it the post rapture pet rescue.

An enterprising atheist wants to make sure that any pets left behind by Christians who depart this Earth in the rapture, don't get left out in the cold.

POSTED: Thursday, October 29, 2009, 5:11 PM

The owners of the two German short-haired pointers who were shot in the head and placed tail-to-tail beside a railroad track on Sunday spoke out for the first time today.

James Milliner and his family asked the public to help them solve the crime.

POSTED: Wednesday, October 28, 2009, 11:33 PM

Halloween, with its potentially toxic brew of highly-decorated costumes and candy, can be a spooky - and dangerous - time for a pet.

The Pet Poison Helpline offers the following tips to ensure your pet has a safe holiday.

Tricks, not treats! Some human treats can be deadly for pets
o Chocolate: Make sure your kids hide their Halloween stash from food-seeking dogs. Ninety-five percent of Pet Poison Helpline’s chocolate calls involve dogs getting into chocolate candy. Keep in mind, the less sweet and the darker the chocolate, the more toxic it is to your pet. Baker’s chocolate and dark chocolate pose the biggest problem.

POSTED: Wednesday, October 28, 2009, 9:23 AM

The Chadds Ford area community is seeking justice in the execution-style shootings of two German short-haired pointers whose bodies were found lying tail-to-tail by a railroad track on Sunday.

Chester County SPCA workers are vowing to pursue the killer, while residents of the rural community are on edge, knowing there is an animal torturer on the loose. More from my colleagues Kathleen Brady Shea and Bonnie Cook here.

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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