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 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.
February 27, 2016 |
A teenager hired to humanely kill birds injured by hunters at the Philadelphia Gun Club has been charged with animal cruelty after an animal-rights activist filmed him last month throwing injured pigeons and pelting them with rocks and ice. The boy, 17, of Bridgeton, N.J., was working for a subcontractor hired by the riverside club in Bensalem to retrieve and euthanize birds wounded during a Jan. 30 pigeon shoot, Bensalem Police Lt. William McVey...
February 4, 2016 |
A West Philadelphia woman accused of starving her dog to death has been found guilty of animal cruelty. Jamie Rutledge, 30, of the unit block of North Ithan Street, was ordered to pay a $750 fine and is prohibited from animal ownership for 90 days. Rutledge was a no-show in court yesterday for her summary trial, where Philadelphia Municipal Court Judge Teresa Carr Deni found her guilty of failing to feed the German shepherd. Officers with the Pennsylvania SPCA responding to a complaint found the dead, emaciated dog on Rutledge's property Jan. 9. A necropsy confirmed the cause of death as starvation, according to the PSPCA.
November 15, 2015 |
SUZIE AND DAISY, both pit bulls, are lucky to be alive after nearly being killed by their owners who were fined and barred from owning animals for 90 days following hearing in Municipal Court yesterday. In his East Falls home, Kevin Spence, 56, kept Suzie in a collar so tight that authorities said "her skin had begun to grow around" it. The Pennsylvania Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals charged Spence with animal neglect in August, took custody of Suzie, treated her wounds, and have since found her a new home.
July 12, 2015 |
A 34-year-old man pleaded guilty Friday to animal cruelty for starving a dog in a Northeast Philadelphia basement, the Pennsylvania SPCA reported. Jeffery Collins pleaded guilty to first-degree misdemeanor animal cruelty and a misdemeanor drug charge, and was sentenced to a total of 24 months' probation, the SPCA said. He also is banned from owning animals while on probation and must pay more than $5,100 in restitution to the SPCA. On Dec. 23, the SPCA removed a severely emaciated dog from a basement in the 3400 block of Morrell Street in Bustleton.
July 10, 2015 |
A FORMER POLICE officer pleaded guilty yesterday to a summary offense of animal cruelty. Roderick Walton, 50, was arrested April 23 and accused of leaving his injured dog in the filthy basement of his Northeast Philly home and failing to get it veterinary care for a broken leg. The dog had to be euthanized. Walton was charged with a misdemeanor and summary offense of animal cruelty. As part of a plea deal, prosecutors yesterday withdrew the misdemeanor charge, Assistant District Attorney Sybil Murphy said.
April 24, 2015 |
THREE PHILADELPHIA police officers were charged yesterday in unrelated incidents involving animal cruelty, perjury and theft. Officer Christopher Hulmes, 42, an 18-year veteran assigned to the narcotics strike force, was charged with perjury, false swearing and related offenses for lying in court and on search-warrant paperwork tied to a 2010 drug case. Philadelphia City Paper first reported the alleged scheme last summer. Hulmes and his partner arrested two people after a May 7, 2010, drug surveillance near H and Thayer streets, according to District Attorney Seth Williams' office.