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Archive: January, 2013

POSTED: Thursday, January 31, 2013, 1:06 PM
Certified Pet Dog Trainer and Training Director of Opportunity Barks Leigh Siegfried.

Leigh Siegfried is an Associate member of the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants and is a Member of the Association of Pet Dog Trainers. She conducts private behavior counseling sessions, group training classes in basic and advanced manners and agility, and a variety of workshops. Opportunity Barks classes are held in Philadelphia and Quakertown, PA. Visit www.opbarks.com for more info.

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POSTED: Thursday, January 31, 2013, 9:59 AM

If the Labrador Retriever was a sports franchise it would be the Lakers, the Patriots or Duke men's hoops in their heyday.

This year, the lovable Labtook the top spot again in both the national ranking and Philadelphia-specific ranking of most popular dog breed. (See announcement and slideshow on NBC's Today Show here.

POSTED: Thursday, January 31, 2013, 4:06 PM

Move over Philly "Wingettes," there are some new "chicks" coming to town and they are armed with vegan hot wings.

While 20,000 fans gather for the raucous celebration of chicken wings and women known as Wing Bowl at the Wells Fargo Center Friday, People for the Ethical Treatment for Animals (PETA) is sending its soldiers to Center City. 

Missed out on Wing Bowl tickets or want to check out a soy-based alternative to chicken? Head over to 10th and Market at noon.

POSTED: Tuesday, January 29, 2013, 8:27 AM
Pennsylvania SPCA pups didn't make the cut for this year's "Puppy Bowl," but you can catch them live on TV this week as they make their New York City tour promoting the blockbuster event.

UPDATE: The Associated Press has an interesting story on what "Puppy Bowl" means to the nation's shelters. Some 300 rescue puppies and kittens have been featured over the past nine years in the games - which last year drew a record 9 million viewers. Also, shelters report seeing a "Bowl bump," higher adoption rates after the event airs. I also neglected to mention that hedgehogs are joining kittens in the halftime show this year. 

And for those interesting in multi-platform viewing, Animal Planet has teamed up with Yahoo to bring Puppy Bowl Plus available on Android and iOS with live polls, video extras, exclusive photos, real-time meme generator CapIt and much more. Or follow @MeepTheBird to get the latest updates from his bird’s eye view of the stadium, including all the puppy penalties and behind-the-scenes action.

POSTED: Monday, January 28, 2013, 11:17 PM

An accident claimed the life of a Secret Service dog while on duty protecting the vice president in New Orleans over the weekend.

The Belgian Malanois dog - similar to the one pictured above - fell from a six-story parking garage across the street from the hotel where Vice President Joe Biden was speaking.

POSTED: Monday, January 28, 2013, 9:16 AM

It seems obvious: If it's freezing cold bring your pet inside.

In a tragic case in Philadelphia this weekend though it appears the owners just simply left the house along with a dead dog found frozen on the street. Two other dogs left inside were found alive.

PSPCA recovered a frozen pit bull in Kensington on Sunday night, then rescued two dogs from an abandoned house, the Daily News reports.

POSTED: Friday, January 25, 2013, 10:19 AM
FILE - In this Sept. 4, 2012, file photo, Newark, N.J., Mayor Cory Booker addresses the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C. In a 1992 column in The Stanford Daily, his college newspaper, Booker wrote that he was "disgusted by gays" before a transformative experience with a gay peer counselor changed his views. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)

Individuals charged with animal abuse will have to pay up under a new bill that passed the Pennsylvania state House on Wednesday. The "cost of care" legislation now goes to the Senate where it will be considered by the Judiciary Committee. The latest from Philly Dawg here.

A South Jersey man may get drug rehab in lieu of prison in the death of a beloved police K-9. A Superior Court judge is considering a lighter sentence for Skyler Robinson who through a German Shepherd named Schultz into traffic after police pulled him over in June 2011. More from the Inquirer here.

A former Pennsylvania Game Commissioner and current Lancaster County township supervisor pleaded guilty to animal cruelty after a humane officer found five dogs living outside in inpleaded guilty ches of feces and mud. The Lancaster Intelligencer Journal reports Stephen L. Mohr, who is a Conroy township supervisor pleaded guilty to two counts of cruelty and paid a $100 for keelping his three German short-haired pointers and two beagles in filth. Despite the plea, the dogs were not removed and he was ordered to keep their cages clean. Mohr has a history of run ins with authorities on animal issues, In 2011 he pleaded guilty to importing wolf-hybrid dogs and selling them without a license. 

POSTED: Thursday, January 24, 2013, 9:15 AM

Just days into the new legislative session lawmakers in the Pennsylvania state House overwhelmingly (163-34) approved a bill that would shift the burden of covering for care costs in animal in cruelty seizures from the shelter to the alleged abuser.

HB 82, sponsored by Rep. Brian Ellis (R., Butler), is similar to laws in 25 other states that would require those charged with animal abuse to either surrender the animals or pay for their care.

The bill caps the daily coverage at $15 a day and requires shelters to document veterinary care.

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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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