May 11, 2013
New Leash on Life USA - The sixth session ends May 13, and the program has expanded. In April, inmates at Graterford Prison started training dogs. Inmates James Barkley - After he was approved for work-release, he started an internship at the Women's Humane Society in Bensalem. Last week, he was hired full time at the shelter, where they say, "He is fitting right in as a member of our team. " Emerson Chase, aka "Dominic Hayes" - Working full time at the Hunting Park animal shelter and continues to do well.
May 3, 2013 |
HARRISBURG - In 2008, undercover videotapes made by The Oprah Winfrey Show exposing inhumane treatment of dogs in Pennsylvania's so-called puppy mills helped drive the passage of the nation's toughest kennel law. Similar videos depicting conditions in large-scale agriculture operations across the nation have led to animal-cruelty charges and changes in laws. In recent years, forces in the industry have pushed back, promoting legislation to criminalize undercover videotaping or photographing of farm operations.
May 1, 2013
A $5,000 REWARD is being offered to help authorities catch whoever intentionally set fire to a kitten found in Kensington last week. A woman recovered the 4- to 5-week-old male kitten last Thursday at Allegheny Avenue and F Street. Authorities said the kitten suffered burns over more than one-third of his body, with most of the burns on his head and back. The Humane Society of the United States announced the reward yesterday, citing the "depraved act of cruelty. " "This is the latest in a disturbing string of animals apparently being intentionally lit on fire," Sarah Speed, Pennsylvania state director for the Humane Society, said in a statement.
June 16, 2012 |
The Humane Society of the United States is adding $2,500 to the $1,000 already being offered as a reward for information leading to the conviction of the person responsible for killing a small dog in Coatesville last weekend. The body of Woogie, a cross between a Yorkshire terrier and a poodle, was found about 3 a.m. Sunday by firefighters responding to the report of a trash fire in the 300 block of Coates Street, police said. The dog had been coated with an accelerant and wrapped in trash bags.
May 22, 2012 |
DEAR ABBY: I'm a 42-year-old woman who has been living with my boyfriend, "Matt. " He has asked me to marry him, and I said yes. The problem is, Matt is still married. Matt and his wife have been separated for eight years. I keep telling him to see if she filed for divorce, but he keeps putting it off. I love this man, Abby. Matt is good to me and to my children and grandchildren, but I don't know what to think or do. I want us to buy a house, but I'm scared that if we do, she'll try to take it from us. He says she wouldn't.
April 13, 2012 |
Live chickens sharing cages with mummified remains of dead birds. Thousands of chickens dead of dehydration thanks to a water source malfunctioning. A carpet of dead flies so dark that workers in a poultry house needed headlamps to see. Those were some of the things the Humane Society of the United States says its undercover investigation found at a large Lancaster County farm that supplies eggs to ShopRite and other stores. The Humane Society said the conditions its investigator found and videotaped at Kreider Farms in Manheim evidenced the need for a federal law governing treatment of hens in commercial farms.
February 15, 2012 |
HORSES AROUND the country can neigh a sigh of relief. The owners of Atlantic City's Steel Pier, facing pressure from animal-rights groups, have scrapped a plan to bring back the diving-horse act that made the boardwalk venue famous for decades. "Instead of trying to rekindle the past, we're going to preserve history and nostalgia in a new way," said Anthony Catanoso, Steel Pier's president. Diving horses began plunging off Steel Pier platforms into pools in the 1920s.
January 6, 2012
HARRISBURG - The parents of a woman murdered more than four years ago stepped forward Thursday to pay a past-due animal-rescue bill that had led officials to tell police to kill, dump, or adopt stray animals. Vincent and Margaret Moran of Tempe, Ariz., told the Harrisburg Patriot-News they would cover the city's $800 balance with the Humane Society of Harrisburg Area. Their daughter, Darlene Ewalt, was stabbed to death in her home outside the city in 2007. The newspaper said the Humane Society stopped serving the city in October because of the outstanding bill, but with the bill paid, a new contract was expected to be signed.
October 21, 2011 |
Want to buy a camel? How about a tiger? In Ohio, where a man this week freed his 56 wild animals before shooting himself, all you need is cash and a crate, and you can pick one up at any number of exotic animal auctions held there. And if you live in Ohio, you need no permit to keep your new pet. But don't think about bringing your purchase into Pennsylvania without a permit or taking it to New Jersey at all. In Pennsylvania, ownership of most large wild animals, such as bears, lions, and other big cats, requires license holders - of whom there are currently only 28 - to complete a rigorous application and undergo annual inspections by the Pennsylvania Game Commission.