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Archive: May, 2011

POSTED: Tuesday, May 31, 2011, 8:28 AM

The following are some of the recent cases investigated by the Pennsylvania SPCA. headquartered at 350 E. Erie Avenue in Philadelphia. For more information, call 215-426-6300 or visit www.pspca.org. To report animal cruelty call 1-866-601-SPCA.

Uber St. 2100 block, May 24 - Humane law enforcement officers arrested a 58-year-old woman for animal cruelty after animal control officers responded to a report of a severely emaciated dog in a bag near Uber Street. When officers arrived, a small crowd had gathered. Officers asked if anyone knew the owner of the dog. The woman stepped forward and indicated she was the owner. The 6-month-old dog, named Smart, was taken to the SPCA’s shelter for treatment. Despite efforts by the veterinary staff, the dog died because of severe malnourishment. A 40-year-old woman also was charged with animal cruelty in connection with the case.

Loring St., 4200 block, May 23 -  Humane law officers were called to a residence after neighbors reported a man was trying to remove a cat from the front of his property by scalding it with boiling water and spraying it with toxic liquids, including Spic and Span household cleaner and WD-40 lubricant. The black and white domestic shorthair cat, named Slick by the PSPCA staff, was brought to the SPCA shelter where it is being treated and will soon be available for adoption. A 39-year-old man was charged with animal cruelty. Upon further investigation, officers learned the man was awaiting sentencing on a third-degree murder conviction at the time of the incident.

POSTED: Monday, May 30, 2011, 11:58 PM

After a high-level, holiday pow-wow among rescue groups and a university, pets living at the people shelter in Joplin have been given a reprieve.

News reports earlier said the American Red Cross was preparing to toss 22 pets from a shelter housing humans as early as tonight.

POSTED: Saturday, May 28, 2011, 12:49 PM

CORRECTED POST - PSPCA contract expires Dec. 31, 2011.

January 2009 was to be the start of a new era for stray animals in Philadelphia.

The Pennsylvania SPCA was taking over the grim warehouse that housed the city's stray and seized animals. Volunteers scrubbed blood and dirt off the walls. They painting and fixed the ventilation and brought in new staff in an effort improve living conditions for thousands of animals after years of serious problems under the operation of Philadelphia Animal Care and Control Association (PACCA).

POSTED: Sunday, May 29, 2011, 12:29 AM

Do Pennsylvania zoning boards ever run public document searches on applicants seeking approval for dog kennels?

A case in Lancaster County makes us wonder.

The Salisbury Township zoning board on Wednesday gave approval to a resident to run a dog breeding kennel on the property of an Amish school house, according to the Lancaster Intelligencer.

POSTED: Saturday, May 28, 2011, 12:14 AM

The property so long associated with Michael Vick and his bloody dog fighting operation will become a place of hope soon for many more abused animals.

A Pennsylvania-based animal rights group has purchased Vick's former compound, known as Bad Newz kennel, in southern Virginia.

Altoona-based Dogs Deserve Better closed on the $600,000 property on Friday. They plan to use it as a center (called Good Newz,what else?) to rehabilitate and find good homes for dogs who have endured years on chains or have been kept in pens round-the-clock. The group's founder, Tamira Thayne, has been an outspoken advocate for chained dogs in Pennsylvania and led the fight - not yet successful - for the passage of state legislation to ban 24/7 dog chaining.

POSTED: Friday, May 27, 2011, 6:11 PM

Animal welfare workers are scrambling to round up pets still missing in the wake of the tornadoes that devastated Joplin, Missouri and trying to reunite found pets with their families.

The Joplin County Humane Society has taken in 300 pets so far and efforts continue to try to find more pets separated from their owners during the storm.

The local shelter is getting help from the ASPCA and the Humane Society of the United States, which have both dispatched animal aid workers and mobile shelter units.


Letter 161 Final
POSTED: Thursday, May 26, 2011, 11:35 PM

Heading to work yesterday morning I saw what looked like a rock in the middle of the road until it moved.

Almost on top of it and traveling at 55-miles-per-hour, I recognized it was a box turtle and positioned my car to keep the turtle between the wheels. Then I looked in my rear-view mirror and saw a line of of cars bearing down as it headed into the left land and toward two more lanes of fast moving traffic.

I reached a turnaround in a matter of seconds and swung back, down the off ramp and up the on ramp to head back to rescue the turtle only to find it smashed in the road.

POSTED: Tuesday, May 24, 2011, 10:23 AM

The Wellsboro shelter? Gone. The Delaware County SPCA? Just a little over one month away from closing its doors to stray cats and dogs.

Now a shelter in the Poconos is bankrupt.

The Pike County Animal Shelter is threatening to close if it does not get $40,000 to $60,000 in the next 30 days.

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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 aworden@phillynews.com.

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