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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
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.
NEWS
November 10, 2014 | By David O'Reilly, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
SPORTS
October 27, 2014 | By Frank Fitzpatrick, Inquirer Columnist
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.
NEWS
April 12, 2014 | By Robert Moran, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
NEWS
December 21, 2013 | By Vernon Clark, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
NEWS
October 19, 2013 | By Allison Steele, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
NEWS
October 16, 2013 | By Allison Steele, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
NEWS
October 2, 2013 | BY DANA DiFILIPPO, Daily News Staff Writer difilid@phillynews.com, 215-854-5934
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.
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