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POSTED: Sunday, July 28, 2013, 10:32 PM

A Delaware County district justice last week delivered a guilty verdict against a Marcus Hook attorney with a history of run-ins with animal control officers.

Terry Silva was found guilty on 43 counts of animal cruelty and 28 counts of dog law violations for which she was fined a grand total of $7,900.

The Pennsylvania SPCA which raided her "rescue" in February celebrated the verdict as "justice" for the 28 sick and malnourished dogs they removed.

POSTED: Saturday, July 27, 2013, 9:31 PM

UPDATE: We are pleased to report that Galanes heard the pleas of Betsy Sherman - and apparently several hundred others - who thought he ought to have referred the questioner to local humane officers. Here's what he wrote on Sunday (7/28):

Last Sunday, I answered a question about friendly neighbors who keep their cocker spaniel chained up all day. The letter writer wanted to improve the dog’s life, while preserving her relationship with its owners. In my zeal to foster good (human) relations, I neglected to note that chaining up a dog all day might be abusive and is outlawed in many areas. I also missed several signs that the spaniel’s health was possibly being neglected.

Not to worry: several hundred trusty readers let me know I missed the boat. Most suggested an anonymous call to the Humane Society, the local animal control agency or a veterinarian, all of whom might provide help — and improve this pooch’s quality of life. Good thinking, readers.

POSTED: Friday, July 26, 2013, 9:00 AM

Because of the overwhelming response to the tear-jerker video of the military officer's joyful reunion with his dog, we decided to bring you another lonely pet greeting its owner after a long absence.

Watch with a tissue, the cat reunion.

POSTED: Wednesday, July 24, 2013, 12:45 PM
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POSTED: Monday, July 22, 2013, 11:36 PM

A group of dog breeders in Missouri has dropped its federal lawsuit seeking to euthanize tough anti-puppy mill regulations that have been in place since 2011.

POSTED: Saturday, July 20, 2013, 9:19 AM

What happened when Lt.. Gary Daugherty came back home from a six month deployment overseas?

Daddy's um, little girl, missed him we think. Well, a little anyway.

Looking for a way to start the day with a smile?

POSTED: Monday, July 15, 2013, 11:48 AM

Here's my story on the audit of the state Dog Law Enforcement office released today.  Read the complete audit and the response from the Department of Agriculture here.

Audit finds Pa. dog law enforcement lacking

Amy Worden, Inquirer Harrisburg Bureau

POSTED: Sunday, July 14, 2013, 11:34 PM

There's been a wave of chatter across social media and no doubt at dinner tables across the country about guilt and innocence and justice since the George Zimmerman verdict was announced late Saturday.

Amid the heated reaction from all corners, NAACP president Ben Jealous even raised the specter of Michael Vick in an interview, saying he went to federal prison for "killing a dog."

Well, no he didn't.

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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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