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POSTED: Wednesday, April 21, 2010, 2:48 PM
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POSTED: Tuesday, April 20, 2010, 11:47 PM

Jack Wagner's motto? Let every paw count.

It's a dog eat dog world out there on the 2010 Democratic gubernatorial primary campaign trail with four candidates duking it out for the nomination.

POSTED: Monday, April 19, 2010, 10:51 PM

It was bound to happen sooner or later: The world's most notorious dog fighter making an appearance in the puppy mill center of the East.

Eagles quarterback Michael Vick is scheduled to speak at a charity event sponsored for at-risk youths in Lancaster County on April 29.

Children Deserve A Chance founder Jordan Steffy told the Lancaster Intelligencer he was moved by the remorse expressed by Vick's about letting down the people people around him. No mention of letting down the untold number of animals he tortured and killed as part of his dog-fighting ring.

POSTED: Monday, April 19, 2010, 6:34 PM

A serious accident in downtown Philadelphia involving three horse carriages today - that injured as many as five people and five horses - is renewing calls to put the carriages out to pasture.

The newly-formed group Peace Advocacy Network (PAN) - which just this weekend held a demonstration to end what they call a "dangerous and exploitive industry" - said the accident is evidence that carriages have no place on busy city streets.

Brandon Gittleman, the group's vice president and director of its horse-drawn carriage campaign, wants the city to outlaw carriages and is urging Philadelphia City Councilman Frank DiCicco - whose district includes Independence Mall where the carriages operate -  to support a ban on the dangerous horse-drawn carriage industry "before another accident occurs."

POSTED: Sunday, April 18, 2010, 2:59 PM

Does Gov. Rendell have puppy protests on his mind? Or is he thinking there might be a big crowd in his neighborhood tonight? 

The same day animal activists are expected gather near Rendell's Philadelphia house to urge him to support solid flooring, the governor used America's high level of interest in animals to lambast the Tea Party political movement.

Rendell, speaking on NBC's Meet the Press this morning, said the media are giving "the Tea Party too much credit."

POSTED: Sunday, April 18, 2010, 11:06 AM

Fearing a state panel will approve a form of wire flooring for commercial kennels, animal welfare activists are taking their displeasure to Gov. Rendell's doorstep tonight (Sunday).

Main Line Animal Rescue organized the vigil in Rendell's East Falls neighborhood to call attention to an upcoming meeting of the Canine Health Board, where it will consider alternatives to solid flooring in the roughly 200 large breeding kennels in Pennsylvania.

When the sweeping dog law revisions were signed into law in Oct. 2008, Rendell and other supporters hailed it as the end of paw-destroying wire flooring - the choice for most puppy mill operators because of the ease in cleaning it. The health consequences of spending years on wire are well documented: digital cysts, splayed feet, the inability to walk on solid surfaces. In the worst cases, puppies caught in the wire lose their legs - and one would imagine - some have lost their lives.

POSTED: Friday, April 16, 2010, 11:38 PM

How did a North Carolina-based transport driver on a rescue mission with 15 mixed-breed dogs taken from high kill shelters to rescues in the northeast get caught in a state sting in a Delaware County McDonald's parking lot?

Here's the story from both sides: Late last Saturday night Anne Marie Wessel was heading to Vermont, dropping off several dogs with two Pennsylvania rescues (at least one of which held a state license) when six law enforcement officers - state dog wardens and Pennsylvania SPCA agents - emerged just as a rescue operator was picking up dogs and paying Wessel for her travel expenses.

The PSPCA seized the dogs and the Bureau of Dog Law Enforcement took their health certificates. They also tried to seize Wessel's personal dog that was along for the ride. The bureau, which staged the sting after receiving a tip, says Wessel was transporting dogs without an out-of-state dealer's license and selling dogs in a public place. Director Sue West said there were dirty conditions inside the van, inadequate cage size and poor ventilation.

POSTED: Wednesday, April 14, 2010, 12:25 AM

Rescue transports are human chains on wheels that can stretch hundreds or even a thousand miles or more. They whisk dogs from high kill animal shelters, often in the South, to safe havens in the more affluent Northeast. Almost all come through Pennsylvania, by the dozens every weekend.

On Saturday an unidentified transport driver was busted by the Bureau of Dog Law Enforcement in Delaware County and charged with "selling dogs in a public place" - a violation of the state dog law. The 16 dogs were surrendered by the driver and sent to the Pennsylvania SPCA - which had just closed its animal intake facility and was desperately trying to reduce the number of its dogs, crowded into a garage, with a discount adoption event. 

Now rescue operators and drivers are asking why they are being targeted by the state for trying to save lives.

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 aworden@phillynews.com.

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