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Archive: March, 2009

POSTED: Wednesday, March 11, 2009, 11:37 PM

Buddhist monks cannot own personal property. So what happens when a few cats hanging around the temple turns into a feral colony? In the case of the felines that reside at Mongkoltepmunee Temple in Bensalem, that's when the Bucks County SPCA stepped in.

Read the picture-purrfect story of how a religious community - and some alert volunteers - came together to help the monks and the animals that grace their temple grounds in the Bucks County Courier Times.

POSTED: Wednesday, March 11, 2009, 11:27 PM

The owners of a Philadelphia pet shop thought they were getting a regular shipment of exotic fish on Monday night, but what they ended up with shocked the store's owner...and the family of man who had recently succombed to Alzheimer's disease.

The store, Pets Plus USA, was expecting a load of fish to be flown in to Philadelphia Airport on Monday night. But the store's owner said he got suspicious after finding out cargo handlers at the airport had loaded up his driver's Jeep with a whale-sized box. "We've never gotten a seven-foot box of fish," Ray Arabia told his brother, Mark.

 Wondering what happened next? Read the story by my colleagues at the Inquirer, Howard Shapiro and Barbara Boyer.

POSTED: Wednesday, March 11, 2009, 5:56 PM

The following are some of the many recent cases investigated by the Pennsylvania SPCA. Headquartered at 350 E. Erie Avenue in Philadelphia, the PSPCA operates five branches throughout the state. For more information call (215) 426-6300 or visit To report animal cruelty, call the PSPCA's 24-hour hotline at 1-866-601-SPCA.

This Little Piggy Lived by the Airport
Fort Mifflin Road, 4900 block, Feb. 26. Animal control officers removed a 250-pound, pot-bellied pig from a remote area of Southwest Philadelphia near the Philadelphia Airport. Feral cat colony caretakers spotted the pig who was eating the remains of a deer. The pig was taken to the PSPCA’s Philadelphia Adoption Center for medical evaluation and sent to a rescue. It is illegal to own livestock in Philadelphia.

Wolf-Hybrid Caretakers Cited
West Hansberry Street, 200 Block, February 26. The caretakers of a badly-injured wolf-hybrid (wolf-husky mix) were cited by the PSPCA for not providing veterinary care. The wolf was found chained to a cable in the caretakers’ yard and suffered from an embedded cable in its hindquarters. Because of the severity of the injury, the wolf was humanely euthanized. The case was forwarded to the Pennsylvania Game Commission who may cite the caretakers for owning a wild animal.

POSTED: Tuesday, March 10, 2009, 6:45 AM

The military has marshalled new recruits to help recovering soldiers at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington D.C. Stationed across the street at the Washington Humane Society, the canine corps helps wounded warriers take their minds off their injuries. As part of the program servicemen and women learn about animal training, behavior and grooming. And there's plenty of love all around. Here's the story courtesy of Ohmidog blogger John Woestendiek.

POSTED: Monday, March 9, 2009, 1:06 PM

A Sealyham Terrier owned by a Chester County woman won Best in Show honors at the world's largest dog show yesterday.

The terrier, "Charmin," was selected from seven group winners at Britain's Crufts show - the first of his breed since the show's founding in 1891.

Charmin's owner, Marjory Good, who runs Goodspice Kennel in Cochranville, called the four-year-old terrier "a special dog."

POSTED: Monday, March 9, 2009, 12:42 AM

No More Dogs on Chains - The "Have a Heart for Dogs" campaign reached a milestone this year. A record 12,113 Valentine's Day cards - most of them made by school children - were sent to chained dogs around the country with messages like "Break the Chain this Valentine's Day" and "Show me Some Puppy Love." The card drive, created by Altoona-based Dogs Deserve Better, started in 2002 in an effort to raise awareness about the emotional and physical problems suffered by chained dogs and the dangers, particularly to children, from dogs on chains. Founder Tamira Ci Thayne said while some card recipients react defensively, others ask for assistance in placing their no-longer wanted dogs or finding low-cost fencing.

ASPCA Annual Awards - American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals is seeking nominations of extraordinary pets and people for its 2009 Humane Awards. If you know a fabulous feline or precocious pooch with a knack for saving lives, or a heroic human being who has improved the lives of animals, the ASPCA wants to hear from you. Nominations are being accepted until July l5 at Winners will be invited to attend the Humane Awards Luncheon on Thursday, October 29, at the Pierre Hotel in New York City.

Stupid pet crime of the week - An 18-year-old New Orleans man was pulled over for speeding last week and ended up being busted for a whole lot more. Police found a marijuana cigarette and a stolen Shih Tsu on the front seat of the Lexus (also stolen) that he was driving. Car and dog came from different homes. Fortunately, tags on the Shih Tsu led cops to the dog's veterinarian who called the owners who said their dog was swiped in a burglary the previous week.

POSTED: Saturday, March 7, 2009, 9:32 PM

State House Rep. John Galloway (D., Bucks) has re-introduced legislation that would allow municipalities to pass ordinances restricting so-called "dangerous" dogs.

Galloway first introduced the bill last spring after a pit bull that escaped from its yard attacked a beagle being walked by a 5-year-old girl in his Bristol district. The girl was uninjured but the beagle's injuries required $2,000 in veterinary care.

Galloway said at the time that his bill did not target a specific breed of dog. "My bill would simply give local residents and their local elected officials the ability to craft regulations that work best in their local communities," he said. He said Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture, in 2007,  received 1,407 reports of dog bites.

POSTED: Thursday, March 5, 2009, 1:38 AM

Correction: Humane agent Marlene Metzger is employed as a humane officer by the Dessin Animal Shelter not the Pennsylvania SPCA. Thank you readers for pointing that out. 

Pennsylvania State Police have issued a warrant for the arrest of kennel owner Laura Antretter who fled her Sullivan County home after authorities raided her property twice last month and found 21 dead dogs and the remains of 10 other animals.

Antretter, 44, of Dushore, was charged with 76 misdemeanor counts of animal cruelty and 25 misdemeanor dog law violations, following a joint investigation by the state police and Bureau of Dog Law Enforcement, according to a state police report issued Wednesday.

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

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