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Archive: September, 2010

POSTED: Monday, September 13, 2010, 11:38 PM

A commercial kennel owner in New York destroyed 93 dogs using a hose connected to a farm engine and pumping carbon monoxide into a makeshift "gas chamber."

David Yoder, owner of Black Diamond Acres kennel in Romulus, told a U.S. Department of Agriculture inspector during a July 15 inspection that he killed the dogs to "depopulate" the kennel. (Read the inspection report (.PDF))

Yoder said he created an airtight chamber out of a wood whelping box (where nursing puppies are typically housed with their mothers) by fitting the opening with a metal door with a small hole for an exhaust pipe which was attached to a 3 horsepower farm engine.

POSTED: Sunday, September 12, 2010, 10:12 PM

Ending pet gas chambers and 24/7 dog chaining. Stiffening the puppy lemon law and silencing the guns used in pigeon shoots. Closing the loophole in the state dog law that allows nursing mothers to stand on wire flooring and better protection for cats in the Commonwealth.

These are some of the issues animal welfare activists will be demanding the legislature take up this fall session during a rally on the steps of the Capitol tomorrow.

A raft of animal protection bills have been languishing too long in the General Assembly, advocates say. Some have been around for just a few years. Others, like legislation to outlaw pigeon shoots have been stalled for decades, stymied by Pennsylvania's hunting culture and the National Rifle Association (despite a feeling among many hunters that shooting birds from spring-loaded boxes at close range does not constitute "fair chase."

POSTED: Friday, September 10, 2010, 9:37 AM

Call it the "most wanted dog list." Or the canine equivalent of a Megan's Law list. You might not know it, but stored away in computer files at the Department of Agriculture in Harrisburg is a list of the state's most dangerous dogs.

Here's what constitutes a dangerous dog under Pennsylvania law: one that has attacked, inflicted severe injury to or killed a human or a domestic animal without provocation while off an owner’s property. Once a dog is declared dangerous by a judge, the owner must: pay the state a $500 registration fee, keep it securely confined, post a warning sign, keep it muzzled in public, spay or neutered and post bond or buy a $50,000 liability insurance policy.

The alternative, state officials say, is euthanasia. Not everyone agrees, of course, that their dog is a menace. Some owners have successfully appealed the dangerous designation.

POSTED: Thursday, September 9, 2010, 9:14 PM

A dose of happy animal news today in Mississippi where a mother cat has taken a new baby into her nursery: an orphan squirrel.

[Thanks to USA Today's Paw Print Post for the tip]

POSTED: Wednesday, September 8, 2010, 10:41 PM

This just in... what authorities describe as "an elaborate" cockfighting ring was busted Wednesday afternoon in the city's Fairhill section and more than 20 birds were seized, an animal welfare spokeswoman told the Inquirer this evening.

(Photo: CBS)

Officers from the Pennsylvania SPCA executed a search warrant on a house in the 2900 block of North Seventh Street about 1:45 p.m., said PSPCA spokeswoman Liz Williamson. One man was arrested at the scene.

POSTED: Tuesday, September 7, 2010, 11:25 AM

UPDATE: Hartz Mountain has now posted information about the recall on its website. The company says the treats were distributed in all 50 states. Although Hartz says it has not received any reports of pets or humans becoming sick, it is working quickly to remove the product from store shelves.

Philly Dawg heard over the weekend that Hartz had recalled 75,000 8-ounce bags of its Naturals Real Beef Treats for Dogs because of possible salmonella contamination. The recall comes after the Food and Drug Administration conducted tests that revealed the bacteria which can harm humans and pets.

So we went to the Hartz Mountain website this morning to try to find information about it. No luck. I called the company and was connected with its PR firm. They quickly shipped me this press release that was distributed Friday.

POSTED: Monday, September 6, 2010, 10:49 PM

Britain's Prince Harry is the subject of an animal cruelty probe after he continued to ride a polo pony with a bloody wound on its side that is believed to have been inflicted by spikes on his spurs.

Animal welfare groups in Great Britain are aghast at the images circulating across the nation and charge that the prince was "heartless and selfish" for continuing to compete in such a stressful event despite his horse's obvious injury.

POSTED: Thursday, September 2, 2010, 10:37 PM

Pennsylvania's most notorious animal abuser, Linda Bruno, is featured in a compelling Associated Press story examining the nexus between animal hoarders and "rescuers" and detailing efforts by researchers to persuade the American Psychiatric Association to include "hoarding" in its diagnostic list.

Readers may recall Bruno ran Tiger Ranch, a "no-kill" rescue known throughout the Eastern seaboard and as far west as Indiana as a safe haven for unwanted and feral cats.

Hardly. As the AP piece by Sue Manning notes, Tiger Ranch was in reality a feline death camp, that took in 7,000 cats over just one 14-month period and adopted out a grand total of 23.

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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

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