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August 10, 2013 | By Sandy Bauers, Inquirer Staff Writer
With an escalation in dead or dying dolphins washing up on New Jersey's beaches and elsewhere on the Mid-Atlantic coast, federal officials Thursday declared the situation to be an "unusual mortality event. " The formal designation means that the probe into the deaths becomes a federal initiative, led by the fisheries service of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Teri Rowles, national marine mammal stranding coordinator with NOAA, cited "an uptick in strandings," which were seven times the recent historic average for July.
NEWS
July 30, 2013
Captive performers, perverse fun The timely article on Sea World's orcas poses many questions on ethical behavior toward animals ("The ethics of keeping orcas captive," July 23). When making vacation plans, families should consider seeing the movie Blackfish and getting the backstory of how these whales are suffering while lining the pockets of corporate owners. Anyone visiting a water park that enslaves animals for pure entertainment is contributing to the misery of these beautiful, majestic animals of the ocean.
NEWS
July 28, 2013
THE OLDEST evidence of dogs in North America comes from the northernmost outposts, where Inuit sled dogs can be traced back to animals who lived there more than 10,000 years ago. The genetics of the animals suggests that they originated in Asia, and are thought to have followed people across the landmass that once covered the Bering Strait. These dogs show no European heritage in their genetic makeup, making them rare among American dogs. * Petting zoos are popular, especially during the season for fairs around the country that feature livestock among the attractions.
NEWS
July 28, 2013
Q : There's a new dog park in our area, and the rules are generally pretty good, as long as people follow them. We have a couple of people who bring in multiple dogs at once, including one person who is being paid to exercise dogs. We don't have a limit on the number of dogs a single person can bring in, but after a couple of incidents, we're thinking about it. What do you think? A : People with multiple dogs, no matter how well-mannered their pets are, simply cannot stay on top of what all their dogs are doing once the animals fan out. That's why many parks have guidelines that address professional dog walkers or people with many dogs of their own. Everyone who takes a pet into an off-leash dog park needs to be responsible for the behavior of that animal, watching to be sure that the dog is neither bully nor victim, and that no one gets hurt.
NEWS
July 25, 2013 | BY STEPHANIE FARR, Daily News Staff Writer farrs@phillynews.com, 215-854-4225
A DELAWARE COUNTY lawyer who ran a "rescue" operation for German shepherds out of her Marcus Hook law office was found guilty of 43 counts of animal cruelty in district court yesterday after Pennsylvania SPCA officers found conditions at the facility were "horrendous," the PSPCA said. Terry Silva, 53, owner of Sixth Angel Shepherd Rescue, was sentenced to pay a $5,900 fine plus court costs. In February, PSPCA raided Silva's law office following complaints from residents and Marcus Hook officials.
NEWS
July 25, 2013 | By Mari A. Schaefer, Inquirer Staff Writer
A Delaware County lawyer who operated a Marcus Hook pet "rescue" operation that was raided in February was found guilty Tuesday of 43 counts of animal cruelty, 28 counts of dog-law violations, and two zoning violations. Terry Silva, 53, who ran the Sixth Angel Shepherd Rescue Inc. out of her two-story building, had no comment after the hearing, where she represented herself. She was fined $7,900. The 28 charges of animal cruelty against an employee, Samantha Kenney, 28, of Marcus Hook, were dismissed.
NEWS
July 12, 2013 | By Mari A. Schaefer, Inquirer Staff Writer
Radnor Township officials want residents who feed feral cats or stray dogs to become the animals' owners - like it or not. A proposed ordinance would make anyone who feeds a stray animal on a regular basis responsible for vaccinating it for rabies and obtaining any required state license. The ordinance stipulates fines of up to $1,000 a day. Hearings are scheduled to begin next month on the ordinance, introduced Monday. Township Manager Robert Zenkowski; Kevin Kochanski, the community development director; and Police Superintendent William Colarulo did not return calls for comment.
NEWS
July 10, 2013 | By Carolyn Davis, Inquirer Staff Writer
Claiming a lack of police cooperation in releasing evidence, the attorney for two Main Line Realtors accused of putting dead animals in a neighbor's yard has postponed a news conference he was going to hold Tuesday to "divulge previously unreported facts in the case. " "We are extremely dismayed that the Lower Merion Police Department still has not released any requested information in this matter, including its police report and the grainy video which unnamed Lower Merion law enforcement officials are citing as the linchpin of their case," George Bochetto said Monday.
NEWS
July 5, 2013 | By Andrew Seidman, Inquirer Staff Writer
An animal-rights group is seeking to press criminal charges against the owner of a South Jersey rodeo where it alleges a horse died Saturday as a result of foul play. The group, Showing Animals Respect and Kindness (SHARK), says a Cowtown Rodeo official shocked a horse with an electric prod to get it riled up for the event - a charge the rodeo's owner denies. A video the group uploaded to YouTube shows a man poking the horse, nine-year-old Duke, with what appears to be a metal rod as it waits to enter the Pilesgrove arena.
NEWS
July 5, 2013 | By Bonnie L. Cook, Inquirer Staff Writer
Lizbeth Stewart Gruskin, 64, of Yardley, a Philadelphia-area artist whose hand-built ceramic sculptures of animals are on display across the globe, died Monday, June 24, of lung cancer at her home. Lizbeth Stewart, as she was known in the art world, taught ceramics for 30 years at the University of the Arts before retiring as a professor emeritus in December. All the while, she created artworks for exhibition - larger-than-life sculptures of dogs, birds, cats, lizards, and monkeys, some with stylized swirls or stripes in place of fur or hide.
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