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Archive: August, 2010

POSTED: Sunday, August 8, 2010, 10:46 PM

The educational program, Knock Out Dog Fighting, was new to us, but their message is certainly one we've heard before - only not from the dogs themselves.

Their anti-dog fighting campaign - featuring mixed martial arts athletes and boxers who, well, fight for a living -  was launched as part of the efforts of For Pit's Sake, a group whose mission it is to help pit bulls in need and help dispel myths about the breed.

Thanks to omidog blog for sending this powerful public service announcement our way.


Dogs Speak Out Against Dog Fighting from For Pits Sake on Vimeo.

POSTED: Thursday, August 5, 2010, 9:01 AM

In the throes of the summer traveling season, several news items about pets and airports have crossed our transom.

First, the bad news - and a caution to anyone either shipping pets or purchasing them long distance - seven puppies died Tuesday in the cargo hold of an American Airlines jet between Tulsa, OK and Chicago's O'Hare Airport.

The airline says it does not ship pets when the temperature hits 85 degrees, but the Associated Press reports the temperature on the tarmac at Tulsa at the time the plane took off was already 86 degrees. An airline spokeswoman declined to name the shipper or the breed of dogs. A study recently showed short-nosed dogs, such as pugs and bulldogs are at greater risk traveling in airline cargo holds because of breathing problems. More from the AP here.

POSTED: Thursday, August 5, 2010, 6:20 PM

The Gulf oil spill may finally be contained, but the trauma for both human and animal victims continues.

One hundred lucky Louisiana dogs, surrendered by owners who could no longer afford them, are being trucked to safety in New Jersey.

The third large scale animal transport since the oil spill began four months ago, was scheduled to leave Louisiana today bound for St. Hubert's Animal Welfare Center in Madison. The dogs are coming from overwhelmed shelters throughout the Gulf Coast which have seen their numbers spike since the oil spill began nearly four months ago. 

POSTED: Wednesday, August 4, 2010, 11:10 PM

A Montgomery County pet store owner has been charged with animal cruelty after humane officers found puppies and small rodents suffering from heat stress in an un- airconditioned flea market.

Kevin Zimmers, of Boyertown, owner of Zimmers Pets, was charged with two counts of animal cruelty after officers with the Montgomery County SPCA and state dog wardens found five overheated puppies in a glass case and a number of hamsters and rats in hot conditions at Zern's Flea Market in Gilbertsville.

Zimmers was ordered to take the puppies and the small mammals to a veterinarian. Montgomery County SPCA humane police officer Christopher Langiotti said Zimmers also did not provide the puppies, Border Collies and pit bulls, with clean water.

POSTED: Wednesday, August 4, 2010, 9:41 AM

They are the four-legged soldiers on America's battleground - the sniffer dogs who root out explosives and save human lives. Many sacrifice their lives for their handlers. But in the years since combat missions began in Iraq and Afghanistan, dog handlers are recognizing that canines who return home are facing psychological traumas not unlike human troops. Here is Gina's story from the Associated Press.

Gina was a playful 2-year-old German shepherd when she went to Iraq as a highly trained bomb-sniffing dog with the military, conducting door-to-door searches and witnessing all sorts of noisy explosions.

She returned home to Colorado cowering and fearful. When her handlers tried to take her into a building, she would stiffen her legs and resist. Once inside, she would tuck her tail beneath her body and slink along the floor. She would hide under furniture or in a corner to avoid people.


POSTED: Tuesday, August 3, 2010, 11:16 PM

The fight to pass anti-tethering legislation in Harrisburg took an unexpected turn today.

Here's my story for the Inquirer:

An animal-rights activist has chained herself to a doghouse she lugged to the Capitol steps and has vowed to stay there to protest the plight of dogs tethered in backyards throughout Pennsylvania.

POSTED: Monday, August 2, 2010, 11:32 PM

The federal government and conservation groups are busy creating avian rest stops on the north-south fly way this summer in the hopes of diverting migrating birds from the oil-contaminated areas along the Gulf Coast. 

Millions of birds will travel through the Gulf Coast en route to the Caribbean and South America in the next six months. In an unprecedented effort, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is investing $20 million to pay landowners to flood thousands of acres in Louisiana, east Texas and Mississippi and cultivate additional tons of rice and grains, to attract migratory birds who might otherwise end up in polluted waters.

POSTED: Monday, August 2, 2010, 10:10 PM

A New Jersey businessman is offering a reward to find the person who dropped a kitten in a library drop box in Montgomery County.

My Inquirer colleague Bonnie Cook has the story:

The owner of a Merchantville, N.J., computer company is offering a $1,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person who shoved a kitten into a library drop box in Cheltenham July 22.

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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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