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POSTED: Thursday, March 31, 2011, 9:28 AM

In Harrisburg this weekend police officers picked up two pit bulls, who had escaped from their yard, took them to the city incinerator site and shot them. Why? Because Harrisburg Humane Society refused to pick them up, saying it had received no payment from the city of Harrisburg for animal control.

Fifty miles west the Cumberland Valley Animal Shelter is hoping for restitution after spending $20,000 in the past year caring for four Siberian Huskies that belonged to a couple with a history of animal cruelty. But there is no guarantee they will get that money back. In northeast Pennsylvania a dog breeder convicted of animal cruelty is fighting an order to pay $31,000 to the Luzerne County SPCA for the care of dogs rescued from deplorable conditions in her kennel in 2009. 

What do these cases have in common?

POSTED: Wednesday, March 30, 2011, 11:03 PM

We reported last month that a new female peregrine falcon had staked her claim to the successful aerie high atop the Rachel Carson Department of Environment Protection building in Harrisburg.

Now we hear a total of four eggs have appeared in the nest giving falcon watchers hope for a new generation of these once endangered birds to take flight from this successful nesting site.

POSTED: Tuesday, March 29, 2011, 2:07 PM

UPDATE: A correction to my earlier post. Apparently it is only legal to point a gun at an animal rights activist in Bucks County - not anyone else. Minutes after I posted the story about the charges in the Warminster incident, a story by my colleague Larry King was posted on reporting that a man was just sentenced to three months in prison for pulling a gun on a snowblower operator in Bensalem.

Live pigeon shoots are still legal in Pennsylvania and so too apparently - at least in Bucks County - is sticking an automatic weapon in someone's chest on a busy street in broad daylight.

The video below shows what happened during a February confrontation between Steve Hindi, founder of the animal rights group SHARK, and a man working for the owner of a pool company in Warminster. (The individual who owns the pool company also owns Wing Pointe Resort in Berks County - one of the last locales hosting live pigeon shoots in Pennsylvania.)

POSTED: Tuesday, March 29, 2011, 12:31 AM

(Photo/Pittsburgh Tribune-Review)

Thousands of cats entered Tiger Ranch north of Pittsburgh during the years it operated as a "sanctuary" for homeless and feral cats. A relative few emerged alive when the Pennsylvania SPCA raided on the property in 2008.

POSTED: Saturday, March 26, 2011, 1:11 PM

UPDATE: So send me to the slaughterhouse and prove my point. Jason Treger writes that the email he received said Morris would not be serving meat at the event. It did not say vegan cuisine would be served. (Although, we can't confirm that dairy was served either.) If someone from Morris would like to send me a menu from the event to clear things up I'd appreciate it. Treger also states that his group is an animal rights group not an animal welfare group. Mea culpa.

I was surprised, well maybe not too surprised, to read a press release that crossed my transom earlier this week from one Philadelphia animal welfare organization excoriating another.

POSTED: Saturday, March 26, 2011, 9:48 AM

A big week in area animal news...

The Philadelphia Police Departmentinducted its newest "officers' on Friday: Johnny, Pat, Stephen, Santiago, and Tiny Tim - all Standardbred rescue horses who will begin new careers with the department's resurrected mounted unit. The horses are named for the most recent Philadelphia officers killed in the line of duty. Abandoned in 2004 for budget reasons, the mounted unit will ride again as early as this summer, patrolling parks, controlling crowds and spreading good will through the city. My colleague Vernon Clark has the story here

The clock is ticking for stray animals in Delaware County. The Delaware County SPCAis closing its doors to strays on July 1 and animal lovers and 49 municipalities are scrambling to find a way to respond. The crisis on the horizon means cats and dogs wondering the streets will have no place to go and the residents will have no place to go to look for missing pets.

POSTED: Wednesday, March 23, 2011, 11:01 AM

After so much grim news from Japan, today we bring you the dramatic helicoptor rescue off the coast of Mexico that saved an elderly man and his little terrier from their crippled sailboat.

The 77-year-old sailor tried to summon help but high seas 120 miles off the coast prohibited rescuers from reaching him by water. So the U.S. Coast Guard launched a helocopter rescue that brought the two to safety in San Diego.

ABC News has the report and video:

POSTED: Monday, March 21, 2011, 12:48 PM

There are new developments on the pet rescue front in disaster-stricken Japan.

First we learn that the touching story  captured on film and reported worldwide about two dogs who stood by each other after the storm may not have had the happy ending as reported.

The latest reports from Global Animal say that there is no conclusive evidence that the dogs are still alive despite assurances from a pet food company owner that they were taken to safety. (Global Animal offers a word of caution to those seeking to donate funds through Facebook pages and provides a list of reputable animal welfare organizations in Japan.)

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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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