Archive: April, 2010
What cat owner doesn't love the soft purr of your feline friend cuddling on your lap. Watching the fun they have unravelling a roll of toilet paper. Or that soft squishy feeling of stepping in a hair ball, barefoot on your way to the bathroom in the morning.
Oh, that last one, fun? Not so much.
For all who are familiar with that cringe-worthy hacking sound and what comes next, we have: National Hairball Awareness Day.
Gov. Rendell has named a Pittsburgh veterinarian with a specialty in holistic medicine to the state board charged with setting climate, flooring and lighting standards in commercial dog kennels.
Gwendolen Reyes-Illg, who practices at VCA Castle Shannon, joins the nine-member Canine Health Board amid a fierce debate over what constitutes humane flooring for dogs that spend their lives in cages.
Reyes-Illg replaces Bryan Langlois, staff veterinarian with the Humane League of Lancaster County, who was one of Rendell's original three appointees to the board in 2008.
For thirteen years Kelly Young, founder of Lost and Found Horse Rescue, has combed the kill pens at the infamous New Holland auction in Lancaster County, plucking those horses, donkeys and mules that she can save from the slaughterhouse and giving them a new chance at life. In all, she estimates she's placed 1,000 equines.
Now Young has lost her patron saint and could lose her York County farm.
A Democratic candidate for lieutenant governor is pledging to fight for animals if he is elected.
Jonathan Saidel - the former Philadelphia city controller and one of three Democrats seeking the nomination in next month's primary election - says he would campaign to make Pennsylvania a no-kill state, seek to make mandatory a holding period for cats in shelters, and end pigeon shoots and dog chaining if he wins.
The president of the Humane USAPA PAC, former state Sen. Roy Afflerbach, said it was the strongest pro-animal he's seen in 50 years of polticial activity.
Animal rights activists have taken their campaign to end pigeon shooting in Pennsylvania to the New Jersey Shore.
About 20 members of SHARK (Saving Animals with Kindness) and local residents - held a protest rally at a municipal building in Long Beach Township over an incident at Philadelphia Gun Club in Bensalem in February.
The group says township attorney and gun club member Richard Shackleton shouted obscenties at two women videotaping a pigeon shoot and owes them an apology.
Just days before what was expected to be a contentious meeting of the Canine Health Board, came word that one of Gov. Rendell's three appointees was "no longer on the board" and that the board's April 27 meeting had been cancelled.
In an email Friday, the Department of Agriculture announced without explanation that Bryan Langlois, the staff veterinarian at the Humane League of Lancaster County, had left the board.
The board, created under the revised dog law in 2008, is charged with developing temperature, lighting and ventilation standards for commercial kennels and considering options for kennel flooring.
Squawking in the legal hen house...Recently released documents that are part of a large-scale price-fixing suit against egg producers show an industry group called for farmers to slow production to boost prices, according to an Associated Press report.
A class-action lawsuit, filed in 2008 in the U.S. district court in Philadelphia, alleges that egg producers who blamed rising feed costs for price increases were actually covering up an orchestrated hen kill-off to reduce supplies. United Egg Producers said they were reducing their stock as part of an animal-welfare effort to increase cages sizes. Among the egg producers named in the suit is industry giant Eggland's Best, based Jeffersonville, Montgomery County.
Butchers hold that doggy bone... The Food and Drug Administration says real meat bones are unsafe at any size. "Giving your dog a bone may make your pet a candidate for a trip to your veterinarian's office later, possible emergency surgery, or even death," says Carmela Stamper, a veterinarian with the Food and Drug Administration. The agency in its warning last week, said that bones can result in broken teeth and harm mouths and jaws, or end up as potentially fatal obstructions to a dog's windpipe, esophogas or stomach. The FDA recommends bone substitutes instead.
A woman who bred show-quality standard poodles in Bucks County is facing scores of animal cruelty and dog law violations following a raid last week at her home in Solebury.
Grace Lossman, operator of Bel Canto Kennels, was charged after officers with the state Bureau of Dog Law Enforcement and Bucks County SPCA found more than 40 dogs living in squalor in Lossman's upscale home. They removed 34 adult dogs and puppies which are being held at the SPCA.
She has been cited with 35 counts of animal cruelty, among them lack of water and unsanitary living conditions, humane officials said. Lossman's landlord reported that when she entered the house she was stunned to see carpeted floors covered in feces and urine and bloody meat dripping out of the refrigerator.