July 30, 2016 |
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.
July 16, 2016 |
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.
July 8, 2016 |
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.
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.
June 24, 2016 |
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.
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.
June 20, 2016 |
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.
June 18, 2016 |
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.
April 24, 2016 |
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.
April 16, 2016 |
A 39-year-old Philadelphia man was sentenced Thursday in Common Pleas Court to four years probation for dog fighting. Antoine Talley, who pleaded guilty in December to five counts of animal fighting and 10 counts of animal cruelty, also was sentenced to anger management and drug screenings, and is prohibited from any contact with dogs during his probation. Talley was previously convicted of animal cruelty in connection with a dog-fighting operation in 2000. On May 11, 2013, Talley was arrested after officers from the Pennsylvania SPCA raided his house in the 300 block of Van Kirk Street in Crescentville.