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August 1, 2003
IT IS regrettable that the prestigious Liacouras Center at Temple will be the site of a panorama of pain euphemistically termed a "circus. " Sterling & Reid Bros. will be bringing a collection of captive animal pawns forced to perform unnatural and frightening acts as a result of the generous use of whips, bullhooks, electric prods and deprivation of food and water. Circuses are nothing more than an exercise in cruelty and exploitation masquerading as family entertainment.
NEWS
April 2, 2013 | By Mari A. Schaefer, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
The Humane Society of the United States will be offering a one-day seminar for area law enforcement on animal cruelty investigations, the organization announced. The training, through the affiliated Humane Society University, will be on Wednesday at the New Castle County Police Southern Headquarters in Middletown, Del. The course will include information on drafting arrest and search warrants, preparing for prosecution and testifying in court. Animal cruelty laws, including those for dog fighting, are on the books in all 50 states, but are often a low priority for prosecutors, according to the group.
NEWS
June 19, 1997 | by Robert Bianco, For the Daily News
NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC EXPLORER'S SAVAGE GARDEN. 7 p.m. Sunday, TBS. If TBS is going to scare us out of our gardens, the least it could do is give us something decent to watch once we get inside. Instead, Sunday night it gives us "National Geographic Explorer's Savage Garden," a self-proclaimed "natural history comedy" that is one of the strangest specials ever to disturb a summer evening. Hosted by Leslie Nielsen, "Savage Garden" tells us the back yard is a "killing field" ruled by "stalkers and serial killers" - and then tries to exploit the carnage for cheap laughs.
NEWS
September 24, 2012 | By David Patrick Stearns, Inquirer Music Critic
"So did you hear God crying?" "Not in ways I expected. " In post-concert conversations, it was clear that nothing unfolded predictably Friday at the Kimmel Center's world premiere of Hannibal Lokumbe's oratorio, starting with the implications of its title. Can You Hear God Crying? , with its texts about inhuman racial cruelty, was rarely morose and often celebrated life - with an exuberant manner and creative restlessness that thrust the ear into new (but not hugely unfamiliar)
NEWS
April 11, 2012 | BY JASON NARK, Daily News Staff Writer
HERCULES was barely a dog anymore, confined and forgotten in a Gloucester County basement like a box of dusty, old toys. Meanwhile, upstairs, Roxanne Notaro's chocolate Labrador, "Little," had food, warmth and love. Officials with the New Jersey Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals say it's a miracle that Hercules, an American bulldog, is alive after cops found him locked in a small crate and covered in feces, urine and fleas in the basement of Notaro's home on Vassar Road in Wenonah last week.
NEWS
December 18, 2012
A Montgomery County man has been charged with animal cruelty after he allegedly kicked and stomped on a neighbor's cat. Mieczyslaw Zwolinski, 60, of Lansdale, received a summons on the misdemeanor charge. According to police, neighbors said Zwolinski yelled and kicked the cat, which was in his yard, off the ground. They said he stomped on the animal at least six times as it tried to flee. The incident occurred Dec. 4, according to police. - Mari A. Schaefer
NEWS
March 18, 2013 | By Mari A. Schaefer, Inquirer Staff Writer
A woman who operated what she called an animal rescue operation has been charged with 43 counts of animal cruelty after sick and underweight animals were found in her filthy Delaware County house, the Pennsylvania SPCA announced Friday. Last month, PSPCA officers, executing a search warrant, removed 28 dogs from Sixth Angel Shepherd Rescue Inc., which Terry Silva, 53, operated out of her Marcus Hook property. Many of the dogs - German shepherds and shepherd mixes - were ill, the agency said.
NEWS
December 8, 1988 | By Charlie Frush, Inquirer Staff Writer
A Southampton pet shop owner was fined $1,000 yesterday after the municipal judge found her guilty of cruelty to animals for leaving 19 dogs and cats unattended over a long weekend in October. Judge Dennis P. McInerney said he did not believe defendent Cheryl Hagenbarth of Vineland when she testified that she had visited her store, Just Pups, on Route 206 in Vincentown, during the weekend in question and attended the animals. The judge said that photos of the animals in their cages presented by prosecutor Mark Tarantino were "very disturbing . . . and very difficult for me to even look at. " The photos were taken by the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA)
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NEWS
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.
BUSINESS
June 24, 2016 | By Mari A. Schaefer, Staff Writer
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.
NEWS
June 18, 2016 | By Robert Moran, Staff Writer
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.
NEWS
April 24, 2016 | By Julie Shaw, STAFF WRITER
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.
NEWS
February 27, 2016 | By Dana DiFilippo, STAFF WRITER
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...
NEWS
February 4, 2016 | Staff Report
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.
NEWS
November 15, 2015 | BY DAN SPINELLI, Daily News Staff Writer spineld@phillynews.com, 215-854-5906
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.
NEWS
July 12, 2015 | By Robert Moran, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
NEWS
July 10, 2015 | BY JULIE SHAW, Daily News Staff Writer shawj@phillynews.com, 215-854-2592
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.
NEWS
April 24, 2015 | BY DANA DiFILIPPO, Daily News Staff Writer difilid@phillynews.com, 215-854-5934
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.
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