Archive: November, 2009
Main Line Animal Rescue is making good on its promise to donate "sacks for Vick" to a shelter in every city where the Eagles play a road game. This time the beneficiary is the Helen Woodward Animal Center in San Diego.
The Chester Springs rescue placed an ad in the San Diego Union Tribune last week announcing it would donate five bags of food every time Michael Vick is sacked in today's game against the Chargers.
Of course, the fact Vick has spent more time on the bench then on the field isn't stopping the donation challenge. Founder Bill Smith says so far one ton of food has been donated for the Woodward Center, a favorite of actress Diane Keeton who has adopted dogs from them.
Two animal-rights groups filed a federal lawsuit today to stop a plan to shoot more than 80 percent of the deer at Valley Forge national park, calling it "extreme and shortsighted." The suit also charges that administering birth control to female deer is environmentally unsound, and shooting the deer endangers public safety.Valley Forge officials say the herd has grown too large and destructive, consuming many plants and saplings that the forest cannot regenerate.
Animal rescue groups removed 115 purebred cats from a Montgomery County home on Wednesday in what officials call a rescue gone awry.
Rescuers were alerted to conditions inside a house in the 2000 block of Berkly Road in Audubon in August and found scores of emacatiated cats, infested with fleas and parasites. Because the rescue groups had no place to put the cats - among them Himalyans, Persians, Ragdolls, Maine Coon and Siamese - they left them in the home and arranged to supervise the care of the cats.
But conditions did not improve and with the help of the Pennsylvania SPCA, rescuers went back in and removed the cats.
A few weeks ago, just after the new state dog law went into effect, Pennsylvania dog breeder Marcus Lantz made what he said was a simple business decision.
He could not meet the larger cage-size requirements under the law, so he called his veterinarian and asked him to come to his farm west of Harrisburg to euthanize nine dogs. One was a nine-year-old St. Bernard and the rest were 4-to-6-year-old “lap dog” breeds among them, Bichons and Coton de Tulear – whose puppies bring top dollar at pet stores.
“Today eight retired breeders are scheduled to die because my cages are now too small,” Lantz wrote in a letter to the state Independent Regulatory Review Board, which is considering additional standards of care for commercial kennels.
“How do I answer my small children’s questions when they see the dead dogs?” he continued. “Example, Sherry and Charlotte don’t have enough room anymore, so Charlotte must die so Sherry can have more room.”
When a litter of endangered African painted dogs born at the Pittsburgh Zoo lost their mother shortly after birth the staff turned to a city shelter for help.
Honey, a Labrador-mix dog, had given birth to her own pups six weeks ago. Last week she took on a new role, acting as a surrogate mother for nine wild dogs.
It's the first time a domestic surrogate has been used to mother and feed newborn wild painted dogs. The pups' natural mother, 10-year-old Vega, died of a ruptured uterus last Wednesday at the zoo.
Attorney General Tom Corbett is suing a Philadelphia pet supply store operator for making false claims about charitable contributions and failing to provide refunds to consumers who returned items.
Corbett said Joseph P. White, the owner of Furlong’s Pet Supply, an Internet-based business, claimed a percentage of every sale would be donated to an animal welfare charity when no such charity existed.
White also operated Tapping Paw, a pet sitting and dog walking service, though the name is not properly registered in Pennsylvania. The Attorney General's office said consumers told them that White also once operated a storefront in Manayunk.
According to the lawsuit, White’s pet supply website advertised that ten percent of the proceeds from every sale would be donated to a charity called the Adopted Dog Training Association. That “charity” allegedly provided obedience training for people who adopted dogs from Philadelphia area animal shelters.
“In reality, this dog training ‘charity’ was little more than a sham, created by Mr. White, to lure sympathetic consumers into making purchases from his online business,” Corbett said. “The organization was never registered as a charity in Pennsylvania and no money was ever donated to it.”
Corbett said White is also accused of not honoring his return policy and not providing refunds to consumers who returned items within the specified 21-day return period.
The lawsuit seeks restitution for consumers who paid for products they did not receive along with refunds for items that consumers had properly returned. Additionally, the lawsuit seeks penalties of up to $3,000 for each violation of Pennsylvania’s Consumer Protection Law.
Corbett urged consumers with problems involving White or his businesses – Furlong’s Pet Supply, Tapping Paw or the Adopted Dog Training Association – to file formal complaints by calling the Attorney General’s Consumer Protection Hotline at 1-800-441-2555 or by completing an online complaint form at www.attorneygeneral.gov.
Animal rights activists - clothed only in "strategically placed lettuce leaves" - will be urging striking SEPTA workers to go vegan today.
Two "Lettuce Ladies" of PETA will be handing out vegetarian salad and faux steak sandwiches - along with copies of the "Vegetarian Starter Kit" - to striking SEPTA workers at 3 p.m. outside the Fern Rock Transportation Center (Nedor Ave. and 10th St.)
In a press release, PETA said the action follows reports of rising health care costs resulting from diets heavy in meat and dairy products. The group points to studies linking high meat and dairy product consumption to strokes, heart disease and obesity.