Archive: August, 2013
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A York County lawmaker is unveiling legislation on Thursday that would likely make Pennsylvania among the most transparent states in the nation when it comes to sales of puppies in pet stores.
The bill, sponsored by Rep. Kevin Schreiber, would require pet stores to display information about a puppy's background and breeder, along with medical records. Currently there is no such pre-sale requirement and purchasers may only be provided that information after the sale, if at all.
"It's like Carfax for dogs," said Schreiber, who is holding a press conference in York on Thursday to announce the bill.
A federal judge in Harrisburg yesterday sentenced a Pennsylvania man to six months in federal prison for illegally trafficking dogs for medical research. This was not just another case on the docket; it marked the end of a sordid chapter in Pennsylvania history, a time when shady characters known as "bunchers" gathered stray dogs and cats from the street - and many times snatched them from yards and answered "Free to Good Home Ads" pretending to offer a comfy place for someone's unwanted pet. In fact they were operated like junk dealers taking animals to middlemen like the Martins who possessed the golden federal license that allowed them to sell animals to research labs. The Martins and others sold dogs at huge profit to the world's top medical facilities among them Johns Hopkins and Columbia University. University of Pennsylvania once got its dogs and cats from dog dealing kingpin Sam Esposito, who ran the infamous Quakertown Farms, where he bought and sold thousands of animals collected from auctions, pound seizures and theft from throughout the mid-Atlantic and South. For more on the history of dog trafficking, including in Pennsylvania, read the landmark book, Stolen for Profit by Judith Reitman. She also wrote a gripping piece in 2000 on dogs stolen for research in The Atlantic, From the Leash to the Laboratory.
Judge John E. Jones III speaking from the bench yesterday as the Martins sat stonefaced in the courtroom, said he hoped to send a message to anyone thinking of breaking the law in this manner.
The popularity of backyard chickens, fueled by the "eat local" food movement has led to confrontations in towns and cities across the country between the pro and anti-chicken factions.
A proposal to allow chicken keeping in a suburb of Pittsburgh recently brought out a packed house, mainly filled with chicken supporters.
Summer is always the busiest and slowest time for shelters.
UPDATE: President Obama made a donation to the Washington Humane Society in Sunny's name. Wayne Pacelle, president of the Humane Society of the States, blogs today that he hopes the newest addition to the First Family will help shine a light efforts to help combat animal cruelty, particularly in large scale breeding operations.
Bo has a baby sister and we didn't even get a birth announcement!
Sunny, a one-year-old Portuguese Water Dog, arrived at the White House yesterday.