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September 17, 2013 | By Mari A. Schaefer, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
The beleaguered Chester County SPCA will soon add 11 new board members, officials announced Monday. The West Goshen shelter has come under fire recently from former and current staff and volunteers who blame ineffective board leadership, board members who miss meetings, and unfilled senior management positions for problems at the shelter. In a deal brokered between the CCSPCA and State Sen. Andrew Dinniman (D. Chester), the new board will be in place by the end of October. "This should make a significant difference," said Dinniman.
NEWS
August 26, 2013 | By Kevin Riordan, Inquirer Columnist
In the Animal Welfare Association's early years, "we answered any kind of call," says Jim Denelsbeck, who specialized in complaints about squirrels gone wild. The retired draftsman is 83, lives in Deptford, and still volunteers occasionally at the association his former mother-in-law helped set up in 1948. But AWA (awanj.org) has evolved; these days it no longer responds to calls about squirrels in attics but does keep an eye on feral cats through geo-mapping. And as the nonprofit marks its 65th birthday, the expansion of its Voorhees facility dramatizes the changing approaches - and enduring realities - of the animal-welfare world, where professional and personal commitments to our fellow creatures run as deep as blood.
NEWS
August 22, 2013 | By Mari A. Schaefer, Inquirer Staff Writer
Following reports of animal mistreatment and rising euthanasia numbers, a Chester County state senator and Delaware County councilman said Tuesday that they would look into conditions at the Chester County SPCA, a regional hub for stray dogs and cats. The center takes in about 5,000 strays annually from all of Chester County and, under a $30,000-a-month contract, most towns in Delaware County. Some SPCA volunteers and ex-staff members as well as a former board member say it has become a "kill factory.
NEWS
August 17, 2013
Another view of Chesco shelter On Sunday, I was trained as a new volunteer at the Chester County SPCA shelter. After my training was over, I spent a good portion of my day with the cats on the adoption floor. They were all healthy and happy. They loved the attention. Not one of them was shy, sick, or upset. There were several families there looking to adopt a cat. It was a heartwarming first day as a volunteer. Then, on Monday morning, The Inquirer published an article about the shelter that was in drastic contrast to what I experienced the day before ("Euthanasia numbers on rise at Chesco animal shelter")
NEWS
August 13, 2013 | By Mari A. Schaefer, Inquirer Staff Writer
It is a regional hub for taking in stray dogs and cats, but the Chester County SPCA shelter has become a "kill factory," say SPCA volunteers, a former board member, and ex-staff members. They blame ineffective board leadership, unfilled senior management positions, and a clash of ideologies for a significant rise in euthanasia numbers. Though shelter management does not dispute that euthanasia numbers are rising, it says it is battling the realities of dealing with a tremendous volume of unwanted dogs and cats, many of whom are not adoptable.
NEWS
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 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.
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