Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Archive: June, 2011

POSTED: Thursday, June 30, 2011, 8:35 PM

Goverment officials are closing the money gap as time runs out for the animals of Delaware County.

My colleague Mari Schaefer has the latest:

Delaware County has offered to pay the SPCA $125 for each animal it takes in for local municipalities in hopes the nonprofit will agreed to a six-month extension to animal control contracts.

POSTED: Thursday, June 30, 2011, 3:20 PM


Talk about down to the wire.

With the clock ticking fast toward the midnight deadline tonight, there is still no deal for stray animal care in Delaware County.

POSTED: Wednesday, June 29, 2011, 9:37 AM

If one thing has been proved in the latest chapter in the epic battle to end Pennsylvania's pigeon shoots it's this: individuals participating in this cruel "sport" may torture pigeons and assault protesters with impunity.

The latest evidence came Monday when Dauphin County Magisterial District Judge James Lenker dismissed 83 cruelty charges against Erdman Gun Club north of Harrisburg and Don Bailey of Strausstown, who provides thousands of pigeons to Erdman and other gun clubs each year.

POSTED: Sunday, June 26, 2011, 10:41 PM

In today's Inquirer (Corbett: Bite or Just Bark?)  is a reworked and expanded version of a blog post I wrote a few weeks ago about controversial changes Gov. Corbett is putting into place in the agency charged with protecting dogs in commercial breeding kennels. the picture above, by the way, was taken at Almost Heaven Kennel in Emmaus in Oct. 2008 when the Pennsylvania SPCA - not the Department of Agriculture - took action to remove sick and injured dogs belonging to Derbe Eckart, one of the state's worst puppy mill operators who was sent to prison as a result. His kennel was later shut down by the Bureau of Dog Law Enforcement as a result of the cruelty conviction.

Also today, with three days, 1 hour and 37 minutes until Delaware County has no more animal control, the Delaware County Times looks back on how the county ended up with the stray dpg amd cat crisis. (The last word was a deal was in the works with the county SPCA to extend its deadline to pull out of animal control.

POSTED: Saturday, June 25, 2011, 7:48 AM

Every year hundreds of stray dogs and cats in Pennsylvania are tossed into metal boxes and gassed.

It can take as long as 40 minutes for them to die.

POSTED: Friday, June 24, 2011, 8:48 AM

Got your lunch? Your umbrella? Your best furry friend?

Today is the annual Take Your Dog to Work Day, which celebrates the human/dog bond.

POSTED: Friday, June 24, 2011, 5:30 PM

Attention dog owners in South Jersey: the Tri-State Animal Emergency Center is holding an emergency vaccine clinic tomorrow.

The clinic announced the low-cost vaccine clinic to fight local outbreak of parvovirus, which is deadly and extremely contagious - particularly among puppies.

Officials say in less than a month, 15 dogs taken to the Millville Animal Clinic  have died from the virus. Another 10 dogs brought to the SPCA in Vineland have also died. Other cases have been reported in Bridgeton, N.J.

POSTED: Friday, June 24, 2011, 3:31 PM

A new twist in the case of the slaughter-bound cow who escaped briefly last weekend in Upper Darby only to get rounded up again and become the focus of an animal rescue crusade.

The Inquirer's Bonnie Cook and Mari Schaefer report today that the director of a council on Muslim-American relations says he is working toward a solution to Cowgate.

Moein Khawaja, executive director of the Philadelphia chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, said this afternoon he had contacted the owner of the butcher shop, where the cow is currently awaiting slaughter. The owner is away, visiting Bangladesh.

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

Amy Worden Inquirer Staff Writer
Latest Videos:
Also on
letter icon Newsletter