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POSTED: Tuesday, April 30, 2013, 12:59 PM

The plight of dogs in puppy mills, the finances of the dog law enforcement office, legislative efforts to protect animals and their people from harm were among te wide-ranging topics Sen. Andy Dinniman and I discussed on Pennsylvania Cable Network's call-in show last night.  

It was the first time in recent memory that PCN has dedicated the call-in show to the topic of animal welfare and boy did we have a lot of ground to cover.

POSTED: Sunday, April 28, 2013, 10:42 AM

You've no doubt heard of sniffer dogs that root out drugs and bombs. There are dogs who track survivors in collapsed buildings and even dogs that can detect cancer.

POSTED: Saturday, April 27, 2013, 10:11 AM

UPDATE - The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) is offering a reward of up to $5,000 for information leading to identification, arrest and conviction of those responsible for intentially setting fire to the kitten.“This is the latest in a disturbing string of animals apparently being intentionally lit on fire,” said Sarah Speed, HSUS's Pennsylvania state director. “This depraved act of cruelty will not be tolerated, and we hope this reward will encourage anyone with information to come forward and help bring the perpetrator to justice.” The group noted the connection between animal cruelty and human violence is well documented.

POSTED: Thursday, April 25, 2013, 12:50 PM
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POSTED: Thursday, April 25, 2013, 12:17 PM

Ever wish you could make sure your barking dog isn't terrorizing the cat or the mailman when you're not at home? There's an app for that. And there's an app for getting your dog or cat or other pet to perk up for photos. Who knew?

Thank you All Things Digital for sampling a few of them. Here are the snapshot reviews by reporter Lauren Goode.

POSTED: Thursday, April 25, 2013, 6:01 PM

A few months ago I coaxed Melissa Daniels, a colleague in the Capitol newsroom here in Harrisburg - and her test kitty Furball - to try out the new Tidy Cats "Power Blend" litter. Here's their report:

When you talk to non-cat owners, the subject of the litter box often comes up with a dash of dare-not-be-spoken-aloud disgust.

POSTED: Wednesday, April 24, 2013, 9:28 AM

The state's stray dog crisis, dog license fees and enforcement of illegal kennels topped the agenda at the first state Dog Law Advisory Board meeting of 2013.

There was general agreement among board members at the meeting Friday that dog license fees - which have not been increased since the mid-1990s- are too low to support 21st century operations of the dog law office, the sheltering situation is at crisis level, as more shelters turn away stray animals and enforcement - while vastly improved over the first year of the Corbett administration - could be stronger.

Here are some of the meeting highlights:

POSTED: Monday, April 22, 2013, 7:28 AM

You may have heard of some communities and home owner's associations going all CSI in their pursuit of owners who don't pick up after their dogs.

We're talking about poop patrollers who scoop up deposits and send them to labs for DNA testing to nail the culprits.

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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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