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Archive: June, 2011

POSTED: Thursday, June 23, 2011, 6:19 PM

UPDATE: The chicken found wandering near the slaughterhouse hitched a ride with drivers from the Woodstock Sanctuary in upstate New York, where it will join 19 other rescued hens and rooster. "It will be heaven on earth for this survivor!" writes activist Marianne Bessey. (See Inquirer video of chicken rescue below)

Animal rights groups from around the region are fighting to save a cow bound for slaughter in Upper Darby.


POSTED: Thursday, June 23, 2011, 5:33 PM

Killing a K-9 officer in New Jersey now will get you a five-year prison sentence. No parole. And a fine of up to $15k.

Gov. Christie has signed into law legislation increasing the penalities for killing a police dog following the death last year of a police K-9 in Gloucester Township.

"Schultz's Law" was named for a German shepherd police dog killed in the line of duty last year when a suspect he was chasing threw him into traffic.

POSTED: Tuesday, June 21, 2011, 5:54 PM

A breakthrough for Delaware County strays! You will have shelter come July 1.

My colleague Mari Schaefer reports that the Delaware County SPCA has announced it will extend the June 30 deadline for animal control if the attorney general signs off on the deal and the county picks up the costs for the care of the animals.

“This isn’t saying we are going to grant them [an extension] but this is us doing the very best that we can.” SPCA spokeswoman Justina Calgiano.

POSTED: Monday, June 20, 2011, 8:18 PM
Tamira Thayne and Joe Horvath "break their chains" before exchanging vows on the state Capitol steps. Earlier they led a protest for legislation to ban 24/7 dog tethering in Pennsylvania.

Animal welfare activist Tamira Thayne spent the day tethered to a dog house on the Capitol steps to protest the suffering of dogs who live their life on chains.

At 5 p.m., with about 75 supporters looking on, she "broke" her chain to marry her longtime beau Joe Horvath.

[See video courtesy of Roxbury News here.]

POSTED: Sunday, June 19, 2011, 10:58 PM

Last year, she tied herself to a dog house on the Capitol steps for 52 days in the hopes of winning passage of a banning 24/7 chaining.

But Tamira Thayne and her supporters (and the legislature) went home last fall with no bill.

POSTED: Sunday, June 19, 2011, 12:02 AM

Two southeastern Pennsylvania veterinarians were sanctioned by the state Veterinary Medical Board last month for failing to provide proper care to animals who died following surgery in their clinics.

The board suspended the license of Lorie Davida Portugal, who practiced at Critter Care Veterinary Hospital in Thorndale, but stayed the suspension in favor of a one-year probation under certain terms and conditions. 

She also was ordered to pay a civil penalty of $2,000 and must complete 12 hours of continuing professional education credits because she "failed to conform to the standard of acceptable and prevailing veterinary medical practice."

POSTED: Saturday, June 18, 2011, 9:00 AM

A problem-plagued Lancaster County kennel is getting one final chance to clean up its act.

A team of state officials descended on Turkey Hill kennel in East Earl Township on Friday after outcry over revelations that dog wardens performing inspections earlier this year were forced to wear respirators because of the ammonia stench.

Michael Pechart, executive secretary to Agriculture Secretary George Greig, said conditions had improved since March, but the kennel failed inspection again because of continued odor problems and a flooring issue.

POSTED: Thursday, June 16, 2011, 2:45 PM

Would a homeless shelter close its doors knowing that the people it once served would have no roof over their heads? That's just what the Delaware County SPCA did to thousands of stray dogs and cats today when they rejected a last ditch attempt by local officials to convince them to take in strays for six more months till they could get a new shelter built.

My colleague Mari Schaefer filed this report:

The Delaware County SPCA declined an impassioned plea Thursday from local officials to extend the municipal animal control contracts for six months.

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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