July 20, 2016
The Pennsylvania SPCA has named a new director of Humane Law Enforcement. Sgt. Nicole Wilson will immediately take over the role left vacant by the death last month of George Bengal, the shelter's longtime law enforcement director. The unit investigates reports of animal abuse and can charge individuals who mistreat animals with crimes. Wilson began her career in animal welfare in 1998 at the Humane Society of Washington County in Hagerstown, Md., where she established a behavior hotline to provide a resource for pet owners.
June 17, 2016 |
Sixty-six dogs were rescued earlier this year after being kept, scarred, and sometimes stacked in crates for several months as part of a multistate dogfighting ring. The six South Jersey residents charged this month with abusing the animals - Justin Love, Anthony "Monte" Gaines, Lydell Harris, Mario Atkinson, Frank Nichols, and Tiffany Burt - each face up to five years in prison and a $250,000 fine. But new legislation could add another punishment to their dockets. The six could be among the first members of a potential public registry of animal abusers in the state.
February 26, 2016 |
A Monroe County man has been charged with animal cruelty after he allegedly bashed his dog in the head with a hammer and stabbed her. Brandon Cramer, of Saylorsburg, was charged with a misdemeanor count of animal cruelty and failure to get veterinary care. PSPCA investigators, acting on a tip, found a severely injured dog on his property Feb. 12, PSPCA spokeswoman Gillian Kocher said. Agents took the dog, a female mastiff named Michaella, to a veterinary hospital for treatment and removed two other dogs and two puppies from the home, Kocher said.
June 12, 2015 |
Gloucester County officials are investigating allegations of what an animal-rights group says was animal abuse at a recent rodeo event at the county's DREAM Park in Logan Township. The group, Showing Animals Respect and Kindness (SHARK), posted a video online Monday depicting bulls foaming at the mouth and one collapsing on the floor, allegedly during the May 17 bull riding and dance festival called Rancho San Isidro. "The animal cruelty was a little overwhelming," said Stuart Chaifetz, 47, an investigator for SHARK, who said he recorded several hours of the daylong event.
June 7, 2013
By Jerry Buckley Within three weeks of starting as chief executive officer of the Pennsylvania SPCA, I was deeply involved in the tragic cases of Hercules and Chloe, dogs who were set on fire and severely burned. When Hercules was found in North Philadelphia, the pit bull puppy was more flesh than fur, suffering from burns covering more than 75 percent of his body. Chloe died after being doused with accelerant and set aflame. This heartbreaking on-the-job training showed me exactly what I would need to know to help the countless vulnerable and voiceless animals entrusted to our care.
January 24, 2013
The state House on Wednesday overwhelmingly approved a bill that would require those charged with animal abuse to either surrender their seized pets to shelters or pay for the cost of their care until the case is resolved. The measure is aimed at easing the burden of nonprofit shelters that pay thousands for food, housing, and veterinary care of animals removed from inhumane conditions, but that rarely receive restitution from those convicted of abuse. The bill passed by 163-34. It now goes to the Senate for consideration.
November 28, 2012 |
LAST WEEKEND, Chris Brown got into a Twitter battle with comedy writer Jenny Johnson (@JennyJohnsonhi5), prompting Brown to delete his account. Every time Brown tweeted, Johnson would come back at him, reminding her 300,000-plus followers that he's a woman-beater, referring to the 2009 incident where he was arrested for assaulting then-girlfriend Rihanna . Brown's response was to tell Johnson that he planned on pooping in her eye and various other things that the Daily News is, believe it or not, too classy to repeat.
July 13, 2012 |
The Pennsylvania SPCA is launching an initiative to stop animal cruelty, spurred by a recent spate of violence against dogs and cats in the Philadelphia area. At a rally Thursday night, PSPCA chief executive Jerry Buckley said the agency hoped to raise $100,000 to hire a full-time education coordinator and offer more programs for schools, community groups, camps, and after-school activities. The rally was held in front of the agency's building on East Erie Avenue. About 150 animal lovers attended "Justice for Chloe and Hercules," named for two pit-bull mixes who were set on fire in recent weeks.
July 13, 2012 |
The Pennsylvania SPCA is launching a new initiative to stop animal cruelty, spurred by a recent spate of violence against dogs and cats in the Philadelphia area. At a rally Thursday night, PSPCA chief executive Jerry Buckley said the agency hoped to raise $100,000 to hire a full-time education coordinator and offer more programs for schools, community groups, camps and after-school activities. The rally was held in front of the agency's building on East Erie Avenue in North Philadelphia.
July 12, 2012 |
In the last four weeks, at least four dogs and cats have been set on fire in the Philadelphia area. The cases have alarmed authorities and horrified the public, but officials at the Pennsylvania SPCA hope some good may come from the abuse. "In a way, Chloe and Hercules are like the ambassadors for all animals, to speak against all forms of cruelty," PSPCA spokeswoman Wendy Marano said, referring to two pit bull mixes who were badly burned. During a rally Thursday night at PSPCA headquarters, the agency will announce a public-education initiative aimed at preventing and solving animal-abuse cases.