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Archive: February, 2012

POSTED: Wednesday, February 29, 2012, 8:30 AM

A central Pennsylvania man, who left a herd of young horses to fend for themselves in a barren field with no food or water was convicted on 14 counts of animal cruelty.

An Adams County district judge on Tuesday found James Houseman III of Littlestown, guilty on 14 of 22 counts stemming from a November raid on a property where he was keeping a herd of thoroughbred weanlings.

When authorities arrived at the property after weeks of monitoring indicated Houseman had neither fed, watered or provided adequate shelter for the horses, they found 21 horses, some barely able to stand on their own, and a dead mare covered in straw in a stall.

POSTED: Tuesday, February 28, 2012, 6:11 PM

A Philadelphia veterinarian is among three finalists in the first Petplan Vet of the Year contest.

Dr. Corinne Majeska, of Companion Pet Hospital, made the final cut along with Dr. Richard Palmquist of Centinela Animal Hospital in Inglewood CA and Dr. Alan Stewart of San Francisco Veterinary Specialists.

The three finalists were chosen from among 2,000 vets nationwide who were nominated for the award sponsored by the Philadelphia-based pet insurance company.

POSTED: Tuesday, February 28, 2012, 5:03 PM

Nine months ago police and rescue groups descended on Canterbury Farms, home to a once-prestigious Arabian horse breeding operation on Maryland's Eastern Shore, and discovered a herd of 140 neglected horses in filthy barns and barren paddocks, many of them emaciated.

Seven were so sick they had to be destroyed on the spot.

POSTED: Monday, February 27, 2012, 7:37 PM

"No cats turned away."

Words that ought to set off alarm bells to anyone truly concerned about animal welfare.

Is the idea of a place where the hundreds of unwanted stray and feral cats can live out their lives in peace too good to be true?

POSTED: Thursday, February 23, 2012, 1:24 PM

".... there is no religion without love, and people may talk as much as they like about their religion, but if it does not teach them to be good and kind to man and beast, it is all a sham...."

—Anna Sewell/Black Beauty

POSTED: Tuesday, February 21, 2012, 8:30 AM

A New Jersey township has revoked the license of a pet store that sold illegally trafficked puppies from Pennsylvania - and may permanently ban the sale of puppies as a result.

Brick Township took  action against Puppies Galore after a slew of consumer complaints led to a investigation by the county health department and the seizure of 35 puppies - most of them sick - from Pennsylvania breeders.

A total of 42 cruelty charges are pending against the pet shop owner Maria DeSantis (38 counts) and manager Nat Sladkin (4 counts).

POSTED: Monday, February 20, 2012, 9:22 AM

The return of the robins. The first tulip bulbs poking up through the mulch. Countless roaming cats pregnant yet again. Ah yes, it's almost spring.

With World Spay Day upon us (Feb. 28) what better way to attack that last sign of spring than to get thy pet to a vet for a little snip, snip.

Everyone in your household pet family fixed already? Then how about helping out with a feral cat colony or donating to any number of wonderful organizations that provide free or low cost spay/neuter services for pets.

POSTED: Sunday, February 19, 2012, 1:06 PM

That now infamous Romney family vacation back in 1983 is still, well, dogging, the candidate.

This time the Seamus-rides-on-top trip is the subject of a sly campaign ad by the Democratic political action group It features a Mitt Romney lookalike and a sound track of the candidate himself.

What I can't shake is the fact, not only did the family throw poor Seamus up on the roof rack in a crate for a 12-hour trip, but that they dumped him later in his life. Despite interviews where the former Massachusetts governor said he and his family loved their dog, Seamus ended up living with Romney's sister in California for reasons unknown.

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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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