Archive: February, 2010
The American Kennel Club took the following recent actions against Pennsylvania breeders who register dogs with the organization.
Candy Heart Retrievers Kennel, Greentown, Pike County. Owner Freya Grover. Suspended on 11/9/09 for 10 years for conduct prejudicial to purebred dogs, purebred dog events, or to the best interests of The American Kennel Club based on their violation of the AKC’s Cruelty Conviction Policy. The AKC also imposed a $2000 fine. The Bureau of Dog Law Enforcement issued Grover multiple citations in Feb. 2009 after finding that there were not enough shelters for the number of dogs housed outside and that the shelters had no bedding and frozen water bowls in 18 degree temperatures.
Starlight Kennels, Oxford, Chester County. Owner Shawn Solden. Solden had a registered kennel name that expired in 3/09. The kennel was cited repeatedly in 2009 by the Bureau of Dog Law Enforcement for housing dogs in filthy pens with mangled fences and broken crates with sharp edges and for having dog beds that were broken and dangerous. Solden also was cited for failing to comply with a veterinary check that was ordered on one dog. Kennel license revoked by the Bureau of Dog Law Enforcement.
Criminal justice experts know the line between animal abuse and violence against people is a thin - and oft-crossed - one.
A 1997 Northeaster University study found that 70 percent of violent criminals committed more than one violent crime and 40 percent of them had abused animals.
Now a California lawmaker thinks that's reason enough to create a Megan's Law for pets. Under the bill, the state would establish mandatory registration system and community notification for those convicted of felony animal abuse. It would be supported by a 3-cent levy on pet food.
Bolstered by a $1 million donation from former TV game show host Bob Barker, animal welfare activists took their message to the state Capitol this week demanding an end to the "barbaric" practice of pigeon shoots.
"Anyone who can read the law can see that these pigeon shoots violate it, why it is not being enforced is anybody's guess," said Steven Hindi, founder of Illinois-based Showing Animals Respect and Kindness (SHARK), at a news conference. "And if Pennsylvania wants to be a pariah — not only in this country but in the world — just let these pigeon shoots keep going."
The following are some of the recent cases investigated by the Pennsylvania SPCA. Headquartered at 350 E. Erie Avenue in Philadelphia, the PSPCA operates five branches throughout the state. For more information, call 215-426-6300 or visit www.pspca.org. To report animal cruelty call 1-866-601-SPCA.
Montgomery Street, 3200 block. Feb.18. An officer responded to a complaint about two dogs left in a yard with no shelter. At the scene, the officer observed a pit bull mix that appeared thin with pressure sores visible and a Chow Chow mix that was severely matted and in need of medical attention. Neither dog had access to food or water and could not get through the snow in the yard to reach shelter. Both dogs were brought to the PSPCA for medical evaluation. The owner of the dogs signed them over to the custody of the PSPCA and was cited by the officer for animal cruelty.
Leithgow Street, 2400 block. Feb. 12. An officer rescued an emaciated pit bull mix from a vacant lot. The dog did not have access to food or water and was using an abandoned car for shelter. The owner of the property denied ownership of the dog, but did sign the dog over to the custody of the PSPCA where the dog received medical evaluation upon arrival.
UPDATE - Apparently Woods' lawyers didn't think much of the billboard idea and kindly requested PETA halt the campaign and pull the image from its Website. So PETA is llining up a new spokesman for its birth control campaign: South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford. Check out PETA's Website for the new slogan.
PETA has launched a series of new billboards around the country promoting spay/neuter for pets, none likely to cause a stir like this one:
Debora Bresch, the ASPCA's Senior Director of Legislative Initiatives, will discuss Pennsylvania / Philadelphia dog law, breed-specific legislation, and the ASPCA’s position on stereotyping dogs based on breed.
A rash of attacks by pit bulls in Philadelphia that left one person dead and two others badly injured has prompted some to ask: Is it the dogs or the humans? Experts agree, mistreatment at the hands of humans turns good dog bad. But the problem has led to breed restrictions in some cities and the cases of animal abuse, be it in the form of dog fighting or neglect, continues to grow.
Over the weekend the Pennsylvania SPCA broke up yet another suspected dog fighting ring and rescued six pit bulls. Officers seized dog fighting material including a treadmill, rape stand, injectable drugs and scales, from the home. A male resident at the property was arrested and charged with third degree felony for possession of fighting dogs.
My colleague Natalie Pompilio explores the plight of pit bulls in today's Daily News.
Six Lancaster County dog breeders have filed a federal lawsuit against two Philadelphia animal welfare groups over the purchase of dogs at an auction last October.
The breeders allege that the Pennsylvania SPCA and Main Line Animal Rescue (MLAR) of Chester Springs conspired to violate their civil rights when they purchased 12 dogs at an Ohio auction (including the poodle pictured above) and charged them with animal cruelty in Lancaster County, according to a report in today's Lancaster Sunday News.
The charges were later dropped apparently, according to the complaint provided to the Sunday News, at the insistence of asssistant district attorney David Dye. (District Attorney Craig Stedman was earlier quoted in this newspaper saying that he only "recommended" the PSPCA withdraw the charges.)