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September 24, 2009 | By Maya Rao INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Animal-cruelty charges were dropped yesterday against a former Moorestown police officer accused of bestiality. Robert Melia Jr., 39, still faces charges of sexually assaulting three girls between 2000 and 2008. Prosecutors say he molested the children with former girlfriend Heather Lewis, 33, of Pemberton Township. State Superior Court Judge James J. Morley approved Melia's motion yesterday to strike the animal-cruelty charges from the indictment. Authorities claimed to have videos of Melia engaging in sex acts with cows.
NEWS
May 22, 1986 | By Thomas J. Gibbons Jr. and Mark Wagenveld, Inquirer Staff Writers
In the third such incident in less than a week, Philadelphia youths were arrested yesterday on charges of cruelty to animals involving dog fighting, police said. Three youths were arrested about 1:30 p.m. at a vacant house in the 2600 block of Seltzer Street in North Philadelphia, according to police, who said they found five pit bull terriers - two of them dead and the three others with numerous wounds - at the address. The names of the three youths were withheld because of they are juveniles.
NEWS
November 13, 2003 | By Rusty Pray INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Leah Whitesell knows what to do about two men suspected in a pit-bull fighting operation, but what to do with the dogs she rescued is a tougher case to crack. Whitesell, the animal-control officer for the Atlantic County Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, said yesterday she intends to charge Eric Bell of the Mount Airy section of Philadelphia and Michael Amaro of Clifton, N.J., with 22 counts each of animal cruelty, probably by the end of the week. Whitesell found about 35 dogs last week, hungry, dehydrated and beat up, at a property in Mullica Township, a remote section of Atlantic County that authorities believe was used for illegal pit-bull fighting.
NEWS
November 29, 2000 | By Kelly Wolfe, INQUIRER SUBURBAN STAFF
Chuck McDevitt took the job of public relations manager of the Chester County SPCA last year because he wanted to help people understand the responsibility of pet ownership. But lately, he's been working closely with local police departments, taking part in the investigation of three chilling animal cruelty cases. In April, three pygmy goats were found mutilated in East Bradford, a short distance from Strodes Mill Gallery Inc. In October, one pit bull was found dead and another was found starving in the 300 block of South Adams Street in West Chester.
NEWS
May 20, 1986 | By Amy S. Rosenberg, Special to The Inquirer
Inside the house, a bloodstained fighting pit lay unassembled on the floor. In the basement was an "isolation" room for pre-fight training. There were treadmills, scales, drugs and detailed training and performance reports. Outside, each one chained to a round concrete slab, were 11 pit bull terriers, most with scars on their heads and bodies. Cages containing 40 fighting cocks were scattered in the 10 acres of woods. Several dead roosters were also found. Police and animal-cruelty agents in Bucks County say that was the scene Saturday night during a raid at the home of Edward M. Stevenson, who is suspected of running illegal cock and dog fights at his house on Farm School Lane in Bedminster Township.
NEWS
September 10, 1997 | By Angie Cannon, INQUIRER WASHINGTON BUREAU
The man who hurts animals is often well on his way to hurting his children, his wife and strangers, a study predicts. And that is why law-enforcement officials need to treat animal-cruelty cases more seriously, says the Humane Society of the United States. "The guy who burns the neighbor's cat is not otherwise a normal member of society," said Carter Luke, vice president of the Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. "These are dangerous people for whom violence and physical abuse are often a way of life.
NEWS
July 24, 2008
IN LIFE, people always want to keep up with the Joneses. But not James Jones, who allegedly stabbed his dog to death with a 30-inch samurai sword (July 16). The mere mental image is enough to give a child nightmares for years. I realize that this will be labeled nothing more than animal cruelty, and will draw a fine and perhaps some jail time. Funny, but I thought the definition of murder was when you killed something. If it were a child he did this to, he'd be looking at the needle.
NEWS
October 1, 2009 | By REGINA MEDINA, medinar@phillynews.com 215-854-5985
MOST OF Virginia Wetzel's Port Richmond neighbors never saw her bring home a dog or a cat. But they could hear constant barking from her house on Monmouth Street near Belgrade all day long, block residents said. And none of them - absolutely none - was safe from the odor of urine and feces that permeated the air, and their homes. "My son can't open his windows because of the smell," said Mary Beth Sgrillo, 40, whose home faces one side of Wetzel's property. She was one of many neighbors who said they had run-ins with Wetzel over the years.
NEWS
July 16, 1986 | By Paul Scicchitano, Special to The Inquirer
A former curator of Norristown's Elmwood Park Zoo was found guilty yesterday of 223 counts of cruelty to animals and sentenced to 90 days in prison in a case that local SPCA officials said was one of the worst in Montgomery County and possibly the state. Joseph W. Marchese, 46, of the 700 block of Kohn Street, Norristown, also was sentenced to pay a fine of $5,450 and make restitution in "a reasonable amount" to the Montgomery County SPCA. In late March, the SPCA removed numerous malnourished and dead animals from a Limerick Township property that Marchese rented in the 100 block of Major Road.
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NEWS
August 23, 2016
THE DAILY NEWS Pet of the Week is Firefly, a 2-year-old female American English Coonhound mix who is searching for her forever family. Firefly came to the PSPCA as a victim of animal cruelty. At the time, she was suffering from a wound on her hind leg that was so severe that she spent a significant amount of time in our shelter hospital receiving treatment. She is finally recovered, and this energetic girl is in search of a family to call her own. Due to the time she has spent in the shelter, Firefly will need a patient owner to work with her on her manners, but she is gentle and adores sitting in your lap or at your side.
NEWS
July 30, 2016 | By Julie Shaw, STAFF WRITER
A 61-year-old Kingsessing woman has pleaded guilty to a summary charge of animal cruelty for confining her dog in unsanitary conditions, authorities said Thursday. Patricia Bryant, of the 1900 block of South 57th Street, pleaded guilty Wednesday and was immediately sentenced by Municipal Court Judge Martin Coleman. She was ordered to pay $737 in restitution to the Pennsylvania SPCA for her dog's care and was prohibited from owning any animal for 90 days, the PSPCA said. On June 2, humane law enforcement officers from the PSPCA removed Bryant's pit bull-type dog from her "feces-filled property" after receiving a tip to its animal-cruelty hotline, the animal-welfare organization said.
NEWS
July 16, 2016 | By Julie Shaw, Staff Writer
A 32-year-old South Jersey man has been arrested and charged with animal cruelty after admitting he used a bow and arrow to kill two kittens belonging to his former girlfriend, police said. Responding officers found one dead kitten in the backyard of the woman's home on Adalisa Avenue in Greenwich Township, Gloucester County, township police said Thursday. They found the other in the refrigerator. Timothy Cain was still living in the house even though he and the woman had ended their relationship, Lt. William Leash said.
NEWS
July 8, 2016 | By Mari A. Schaefer, STAFF WRITER
The Pennsylvania SPCA will be holding a fund-raising event in the memory of George Bengal, the shelter's director of Humane Law who died last month. "A Night for George" will be held July 15 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at 732 Saint Andrew Road, in Philadelphia. Tickets are $50. Proceeds will go to the George Bengal Fund to End Animal Cruelty, which was created shortly before Bengal died from cancer. The event will include food from Revolution Taco, beverages from Tito's Handmade Vodka and Unibroue, a 50/50 raffle and raffle baskets.
NEWS
June 30, 2016
ISSUE | ANIMAL CRUELTY Give up eggs I watched and read about Mercy for Animals' disturbing footage from its recent undercover investigation of a possible egg supplier for Malvern-based Eggland's Best ("Activists allege cruelty by egg supplier," Thursday). Sadly, I know that such inhumane treatment of egg-laying hens is all too common in the industry. The debate over whether two Briarwood Farms locations in Washington state are supplying Eggland's Best must not distract us from this fact: As consumers, if we want to be sure that we are not contributing to this cruelty, whether packaged as Eggland's Best or some other brand, the best thing we can do is keep eggs off our plates.
BUSINESS
June 24, 2016 | By Mari A. Schaefer, Staff Writer
An international animal-rights organization on Wednesday accused a supplier of eggs for Malvern-based Eggland's Best of cruelty and neglect of its hens. The company disputed the allegations. Mercy for Animals released undercover photos and videos on Wednesday from two Briarwood Farms locations in Washington State that showed workers mishandling birds, chickens kept in cramped and filthy cages, and sick and dead hens. "To the best of our knowledge . . . those flocks were never supplying Eggland's Best eggs," Bart Slaugh, the company's director of quality assurance, said.
NEWS
June 23, 2016
Funeral services are scheduled Thursday for George Bengal, the director of humane law at the Pennsylvania SPCA who died Saturday after an almost five-month battle with cancer. A visitation is scheduled for Thursday, June 23 from 4 p.m. and 8 p.m. at the Kirk & Nice Funeral Home, 333 County Line Road, Feasterville. Another viewing will be held from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. before the service. The funeral with full military honors will be held Friday at 11 a.m. at the Calvary Chapel of Philadelphia, at 13500 Philmont Avenue.
NEWS
June 20, 2016 | By Mari A. Schaefer, Staff Writer
George Bengal, 69, the humane law enforcement director for the Pennsylvania SPCA since 2007, died Saturday, June 18, at Holy Redeemer Hospital in Jenkintown after a nearly four-month battle with peritoneal mesothelioma, a rare and terminal cancer, the shelter announced. "George Bengal was an icon, a fierce warrior against animal cruelty, and a street-smart cop who led by example," Jerry Buckley, CEO of the Pennsylvania Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, said in a statement.
NEWS
June 18, 2016 | By Robert Moran, Staff Writer
Animal-welfare agents removed 35 cats - 33 live and two dead - from two rowhouse apartments in the city's Frankford section on Thursday. Based on a tip, officers with the Pennsylvania SPCA executed a search warrant at a first-floor apartment in the 4400 block of Griscom Street, said Gillian Kocher, spokeswoman for the PSPCA. Kocher said the officers removed 17 live cats and two dead from the apartment, which was described as feces-covered and urine-soaked. The officers also found 16 live cats in the third-floor apartment in the same rowhouse.
NEWS
April 24, 2016 | By Julie Shaw, STAFF WRITER
Two Philadelphia residents were arrested Thursday in separate cases of animal cruelty involving dog deaths, authorities said Friday. Lawrence Watson, 48, of the 1400 block of Lenox Avenue in Tioga, was charged with misdemeanor animal cruelty after a dead, emaciated pit bull was found Feb. 16 on his property, the Pennsylvania Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals said. Separately, a male juvenile, was charged with misdemeanor animal cruelty in relation to two pit bull-type dogs found dead Feb. 23 in a yard on the 2000 block of East Birch Street in Kensington, the PSPCA said.
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