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Archive: November, 2011

POSTED: Monday, November 14, 2011, 8:43 AM

Two hundred animal lovers turned out in Malvern on Sunday for a rally to end the practice of gassing shelter pets in Pennsylvania.

The rally, hosted by Sen. Andy Dinniman (D., Chester), was aimed at focusing attention on his bill (SB 1329) to ban the use of gas chambers in shelters. Currently, there are four shelters, all in western Pennsylvania, that gas unwanted animals, Dinniman said.

POSTED: Tuesday, November 8, 2011, 12:52 AM

One month after granting a kennel license to the wife of a Lancaster County man convicted of animal abuse, the state found glaring violations of the law and ordered them fixed.

Nancy Zimmerman, operator of Golden Acres Kennel in Narvon, was issued warnings on Oct. 26 for failing to clean debris, dirt, feces and insects in her kennel and failing to provide proper ventilation inside the ammonia-filled building where 125 dogs were housed.

In addition, veterinary exams, which were completed in 72 hours, were ordered on 10 dogs suffering from dental disease and apparent ear infections. Wardens ordered grooming be done on several dogs with excessive matting and dogs with overgrown toenails.

POSTED: Monday, November 7, 2011, 11:21 PM


Like the little beagle who became a national star after surviving a supposedly fatal dose of carbon monoxide in an Alabama gas chamber, legislation to end Pennsylvania's use of gas chambers is back from the dead.

Sen. Andy Dinniman (D., Chester) wants to see his bill (SB 1329) outlawing gas chambers as a method of euthanasia at shelters and animal control facilities in Pennsylvania become law.

POSTED: Sunday, November 6, 2011, 11:32 PM

Bella and Tarra.

They were inseperable.

A stray mutt and a rescued elephant who bonded in the most extraordinary way at a Tennessee sanctuary. 

POSTED: Wednesday, November 2, 2011, 11:00 PM

When kind-hearted passersby heard the tiny "mews" from somewhere beneath the streets of Greencastle, Pa, west  of Harrisburg on Halloween, they naturally called for help. They tried the police. They tried firefighters. The tried PennDot. All day long they tried to figure out how to reach the kitten and left empty handed.

Then 16-year-old Morgan Knoll, a volunteer at a local animal shelter arrived.

POSTED: Tuesday, November 1, 2011, 9:32 AM

Two cat-related news bulletins that crossed my transom recently caught my attention.

First, a National Zoo researcher - whose specialty apparently not-coincidently was migratory birds - was convicted of animal cruelty Monday for attempting to poison a feral cat colony in her Washington D.C. neighborhood.

Nico Dauphine, a researcher at the Smithsonian's Migratory Bird Center, was found guilty after video surveillance camera caughter her placing rate poison in food bowls.

POSTED: Tuesday, November 1, 2011, 6:37 PM

The Food and Drug Administration is now testing pet food for salmonella.

But the tests are not targetted at stemming outbreaks among dogs and cats, rather the agency is seeking to prevent the spread of the bacteria to humans.

And no, not because pet owners are snacking on kibble.

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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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