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.
November 10, 2014 |
In minutes, the opening salvo in the latest skirmish of the Pennsylvania pigeon wars was due to begin. And there, a half-mile away across the Delaware River, lay ground zero. Shrouded behind a long, 30-foot-high wall of pale fabric, the Philadelphia Gun Club looked fortresslike in the distance. For decades, the club in Bensalem has been staging pigeon shoots that animal activists call cruel, savage, and an outrage. On the New Jersey side of the river, in Beverly, five of those activists stood watching Saturday as the clocks on their laptops ticked toward 9 a.m. Armed not with shotguns but an inflatable boat and a drone-mounted video camera, they could barely contain their contempt for the men and women who fire at caged birds flung skyward by handlers.
October 27, 2014 |
Since football, or more precisely football-viewing, is overwhelmingly the favorite pastime of 21st-century Americans, it's no surprise that it too has become a polarizing subject. Those who love the sport subscribe to a heroic narrative: It's a colorful, compelling, athletic spectacle, one whose participants embody the virtues of teamwork, strength, and dedication. Others see football as a militaristic farce. Its coaches are egomaniacal martinets. Its players are incurious lemmings.
April 12, 2014 |
The owner of Grace Kelly's childhood home pleaded no contest Thursday to animal-cruelty charges for keeping multiple cats and a dog in unsanitary conditions, the Pennsylvania SPCA said Thursday. Marjorie Bamont, 82, was convicted in December of 14 counts of animal cruelty. She did not appear in court and appealed the conviction. Bamont appeared Thursday in Common Pleas Court but pleaded no contest rather than fighting the conviction, said Sarah Eremus, spokeswoman for the PSPCA. Bamont is allowed to keep two cats with regular PSPCA inspections.
December 21, 2013 |
An 82-year-old woman was convicted of animal cruelty after police found 14 cats in her squalid, flea-infested house - the childhood home of the actress Grace Kelly - in East Falls. Marjorie Bamont was found guilty in absentia of 16 counts of animal cruelty and ordered to pay $10,000 restitution to the Pennsylvania SPCA at a hearing Wednesday before Municipal Court Judge Judge Frank T. Brady. When Bamont failed to appear in court, the judge proceeded in her absence, as court rules allow.
October 19, 2013 |
A central Pennsylvania chicken factory accused this week of treating newborn chicks cruelly has denied the allegations made by an animal-rights organization. "Over my 40 years as a chicken farmer, I always strive to be the leading advocate of humane treatment for all animals," Scott Sechler, owner of Lebanon County-based Bell & Evans, wrote in a letter on the firm's website. "We've never strayed from humane animal best practices. " Compassion Over Killing, a Washington-based nonprofit that says its mission is preventing animal cruelty and promoting vegetarianism, released a video this week recorded by an undercover investigator who spent several weeks working in the Bell & Evans hatchery in Fredericksburg.
October 16, 2013 |
A central Pennsylvania chicken company that promotes what it calls its humane slaughtering practices was accused of cruelty Monday by an animal-rights organization that alleges it allows newly hatched chicks to be tossed live into meat grinders and other brutal conditions. Compassion Over Killing, a Washington-based nonprofit that says it is dedicated to preventing animal cruelty and promoting vegetarian eating, released a video Monday it says was recorded by an undercover investigator who spent several weeks working in the Bell & Evans hatchery in Fredericksburg, Lebanon County.
October 2, 2013 |
STUART CHAIFETZ blends right into the crowd at the Cowtown Rodeo in Salem County, N.J., where blue-collar families and Amish farmers sit beside urban hipsters with wide-eyed children. He's an animal-rights activist intent on exposing abuse, working undercover in a cowboy hat and jeans with a tarted-up fake girlfriend at his side. But while some spectators catch the action with iPhones, Chaifetz uses a deceptively discreet high-definition Sony digital video camera to document the bulls and broncos.