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May 10, 1986 | By Paul Scicchitano, Special to The Inquirer
A former curator of the Norristown zoo pleaded not guilty yesterday to 243 counts of cruelty to animals in a case in which police said they found animals feeding on decaying carcasses to stay alive. Joseph W. Marchese, 46, of the 700 block of Kohn Street, Norristown, could receive a maximum fine of $300 or 90 days in jail or both on each count if convicted. His attorney, Dominic J. Centrella, argued at the hearing that District Justice Walter F. Gadzicki Jr. of Limerick should disqualify himself from the case because of statements he had made that appeared in news accounts.
NEWS
March 5, 1992 | By Diane Mastrull, SPECIAL TO THE INQUIRER
A U.S. mail carrier and the president of the Gloucester County Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals are expected to testify today that a horse kept tied for three months in a dirt yard in Franklin Township did not appear abused. Virginia Atkins, a mail carrier, and Agatha Abruzzo, president of the Gloucester County SPCA for 20 years, are the scheduled defense witnesses in the evidentiary hearing for Cheryl Price, owner of an 11-year-old appaloosa named Bandit. State SPCA officials contend that the mare had become dehydrated and malnourished under Price's care since she moved to Franklin Township in October.
NEWS
December 12, 2002 | By Mitch Lipka INQUIRER TRENTON BUREAU
In the dog-eat-dog world of politics, animals have become the pet project of legislators. Lawmakers in the Northeast are viewed by animal-rights groups as among the most aggressive in introducing pet-protection legislation, but states across the country have joined the trend. Instances of cruelty to pets can be horrific. Last summer, eight pit bulls were thrown from a moving car with Pennsylvania plates over a two-week period in the Cherry Hill area. Police never tracked down the culprits.
NEWS
December 11, 2010 | By Amy Worden and Peter Mucha, Inquirer Staff Writers
The deaths of 832 hogs at a central Pennsylvania farm have led to 832 charges of animal cruelty against the Maryland man who authorities say was responsible for them. A criminal complaint filed Thursday alleges that Daniel Lee Clark Sr., 47, now of Clear Spring, Md., left the hogs to die when he abandoned his Fulton County farm in February 2009. The charges are summary offenses. Clark's lawyer said that he had not seen the charges but that his client had "a very different version" of what happened to the animals.
NEWS
August 26, 2009 | By Bonnie L. Cook INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
To Rhonda Thomas, a seasoned SPCA humane officer, the 28 cats in two stifling rooms in the Harleysville house appeared afraid and distressed, but she had seen worse. She planned to return for them the next day when she had help. Then she saw blue pellets in the food dishes and knew the animals had been offered rat poison; quickly, she summoned three ambulances to rush the animals to Montgomery County's three shelters. Yesterday, 27 of the cats were recovering after receiving vitamin K injections.
NEWS
November 25, 1986 | By Connie O'Kane, Special to The Inquirer
An animal-rights official who brought animal-cruelty charges against the operator of a Southampton horse farm and seized his horses was convicted of theft yesterday for not returning one of the animals. John Dobran, 38, who is medical adviser for Save-a-Horse Foundation, a private Burlington County animal-rights organization, was fined $305. Southampton Municipal Judge Dennis P. McInerney also ordered Dobran to pay $135 in restitution to the horse's owner, Al McGuckin, and to perform 10 days of community service.
NEWS
September 20, 2000 | By Jacqueline Soteropoulos, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
When Barney the carriage horse fell ill and collapsed in June 1999, the meat wagon arrived even before he was dead, a carriage driver testified yesterday. Driver Carol Mattia said the former owner of Society Hill Carriage Co., Bastawi Ali, told her nothing could be done and refused to call a veterinarian. "He was still alive," Mattia testified, adding that she refused to let the butchers have the horse. "There was no way they were going to take Barney. " Another driver called veterinarian Jennifer Platt, who determined that the horse suffered from colic - a digestive blockage frequently caused by stress, poor feed, or inadequate dental care.
NEWS
July 18, 2008 | By Nancy Petersen INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
A Chester County Amish farmer was arrested last night during a raid on his farm and charged with multiple counts of animal cruelty. John Blank of Cochranville, owner of Limestone Kennels, was taken into custody by Pennsylvania State Police shortly after 5 p.m. when agents from the Pennsylvania SPCA descended on his farm. In front of his crying children, he was handcuffed and placed in the back of the police cruiser. After it was determined that he wasn't a flight risk, he was allowed to spend the night on his farm.
NEWS
March 27, 1993 | By Maureen Fitzgerald, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
Seventy-six men were indicted on cruelty to animal charges this week, as a result of cockfighting raids earlier in the year by the Vineland police. Seventy-three men were charged after the Feb. 6 raid on the basement of Benjamin Cardona's rural Vineland home, where 48 roosters and $11,844 in cash were seized when police allegedly found men laying bets on fighting cocks. Cardona, 43, of West Walnut Road, was also charged with maintaining a gambling resort in his basement. The other men arrested at the scene came from Vineland, Philadelphia, Hammonton, Camden, Perth Amboy, Paterson, Mays Landing, Passaic, Somerset, Atlantic City, Hoboken and Lawrence, Mass.
NEWS
October 23, 2000 | By Kelly Wolfe, INQUIRER SUBURBAN STAFF
A 49-year-old West Chester man, accused of leaving more than a dozen animals alone to starve and keeping more than 200 packets of crack cocaine in his home, was ordered to stand trial Friday. William Molina of the 300 block of South Adams Street remains in Chester County Prison with bail set at $6,000. West Chester police charged Molina with 13 counts of cruelty to animals and five counts of animal fighting, a felony in Pennsylvania. He also faces drug charges, including possession with intent to distribute and possession of a controlled substance.
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