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POSTED: Wednesday, November 30, 2011, 6:17 PM

NEW UPDATE - The Pennsylvania SPCA has identified the Luciana's owner and is charging her with cruelty. Claritza Lopez-Fuentes, 23, of N. America Street, is being charged for failing to provide veterinary care for the mare found in a trash-filled lot Sunday. The horse was surrendered to the PSPCA and is continuing to receive veterinary care. In the meantime, the PSPCA has received several serious adoptions offers from experienced horse people. Officials are reviewing those requests.

UPDATE: We have learned that the little horse is a mare. Her name is Luciana (that came from a neighbor) and that she is about nine years old. The report from the PSPCA this morning is that she is doing well. Her injuries are being treated and she is getting plenty of good food and vet care. "She is a very friendly horse and quickly has become a staff favorite," says spokeswoman Wendy Marano.

Humane officers are questioning neighbors in an effort to find out who abandoned the horse. The neighbors who report only that she was "a stray." Gotta love that. People watching an injured, underfed horse wandering their streets and they write it off as "a stray." Is that Dickensian or what?

POSTED: Tuesday, November 29, 2011, 3:50 PM

Been to the vet lately?

Were you able to get out of the office for under $100?

Probably not.

POSTED: Monday, November 28, 2011, 8:49 AM

As dawn breaks on the first day of open deer hunting season and the sounds of gunfire ring out in the apple orchards behind my house in south-central Pennsylvania, I am thinking about the state's complete lack of investment in  protecting wildlife at road crossings.

The roads here run red with the blood of deer and other animals during the late fall when wildlife movement is at a peak and driver-deer collisions rise exponentially. In fact Pennsylvania is among the leading states for deer-car collisions, according to national insurance studies.

POSTED: Monday, November 28, 2011, 5:57 PM

Pet food drives and giveaways to struggling pet owners abound this holiday season as more animal lovers open their hearts and their pantries to support those in need.

If you are able to give this season, there are pet food drives and shelters worth supporting all over the Philadelphia/South Jersey region. If you and your pet are facing tough times, don't despair, there are organizations, businesses and kind people ready to help.

Here are some bulletins that have crossed our transom:

POSTED: Monday, November 28, 2011, 12:29 AM

Just last week we received a press release from the American Kennel Club's Canine Health Foundation announcing its latest round of grants for veterinary research to "help dogs lead longer, happier lives."

The canine health foundation of the venerable leader in purebred dog registries issued $1.5 million to researchers working on a host of diseases specific to certain breeds: cramps in Scottish Terriers, glaucoma in Basset Hounds, epilepsy Australian Shepherds.

POSTED: Saturday, November 26, 2011, 12:38 AM


Just three weeks before a New York City carriage horse collapsed and died on a busy Manhattan street, another unfortunate horse was being dropped off at New Holland auction in Lancaster County by a van labled with a NYC carriage company logo.

For many unwanted horses New Holland is the last stop before the slaughter house.

POSTED: Thursday, November 24, 2011, 10:00 AM

Happy Thanksgiving to you and your pets!

Thinking of sneaking your best friend a little holiday treat under the dinner table?

PetMD offers advice about foods that pass the pet health test - in moderation -and those to avoid:

POSTED: Wednesday, November 23, 2011, 11:35 PM

President Obama granted two lucky turkeys a life at historic Mt. Vernon today when he bestowed upon them the annual presidential pardon.

But Peace and Liberty aren't the only turkeys who were not only spared but doted on this holiday.

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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

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