December 28, 2015 |
GORDONVILLE, Pa. - Humane Officer Jen Nields knocks on a door of the suspected puppy mill in Gordonville and steps back. She fidgets with a notebook and peers through a covered glass panel looking for signs of life. Then she waits. The setting around her is breathtaking: lush Dutch Country farmland at sunset, a sea of gold and green. It is also ground zero for a culture and information war still raging in the mid-state after years of soul-searching and debate. "A lot of people don't understand when I say, 'We [Lancaster County]
September 2, 2015 |
Susan H. McKean, 69, of Chester Springs, a dog kennel owner and breeder of bearded collies, died Saturday, Aug. 22, of cancer at her home. Mrs. McKean owned Talamore Kennels, Chester Springs, which bred and showed bearded collies. The breed, which originally came from Britain, is of medium size, with a medium-long coat and quizzical expression. The American Kennel Club (AKC) describes the dogs as smart, charismatic, and bouncy, although they can be stubborn. Mrs. McKean named the kennel for the Ambler family homestead of Thomas McKean, governor of Pennsylvania from 1799 to 1808, from whom her husband's family can trace his lineage.
July 22, 2015 |
Every summer, ACCT Philly has to fight tooth and nail to save animals in its care, and this one is no different. The summer of 2015 has brought an average of 26 dogs into the shelter each day, more than during the other seasons, Ed Fritz, ACCT Philly's director of operations, said Monday. With an average daily adoption rate of just eight dogs, the kennel is constantly approaching its capacity of 160. More people surrender or abandon their pets in the summer than in cooler months, said Ame Dorminy of ACCT Philly's adoption team.
January 23, 2014 |
HARRISBURG - The embattled office charged with enforcing laws governing Pennsylvania's more than 2,100 dog kennels has its first permanent director since 2012. Agriculture Secretary George Greig on Tuesday named Kristen Donmoyer, a veteran state dog warden and supervisor, as the new director of the dog law enforcement office. "Kristen brings the law enforcement experience and knowledge of the state's dog laws necessary to protect dogs across the state," Greig said. Donmoyer's appointment comes nearly 18 months after Lynn Diehl was forced out for failing to conduct inspections of the state's largest commercial breeding kennels.
December 12, 2013 |
FRAZER A burst pipe inundated its brand-new building in Frazer just a few weeks before its dog-training and boarding business was to occupy it. Then came the bank payments the owners couldn't afford, followed by foreclosure. Naturally, they couldn't file for bankruptcy - because they couldn't pay the legal fees. "We shouldn't have survived, by all accounts," said Carolyn Garson, a co-owner of What a Good Dog who left her 15-year teaching job at the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing in 2000 to help the business expand.
November 18, 2013 |
Tango is great with kids, but he'll kill their pet guinea pig if you're not careful. He'll break a squirrel's neck and leave the dead animal on the porch for you, too. Low to the ground and boasting dexterous, horselike ears, Portuguese Podengo pequenos like Tango were bred centuries ago in Europe to catch rats on explorers' ships. They are born hunters with type A personalities, at least most of the time. "You move the furniture around and they're mad at you for a week," said Tango's owner, Stacy Faw, of Indiana.
February 13, 2013
Banana Joe , the Affenpinscher with the bouncy step and shiny black coat, walked off as America's top dog on Tuesday night, winning best in show at the Westminster Kennel Club show at New York's Madison Square Garden. The 5-year-old wagged his tail after earning his 86th best in show title overall, a day before he was set to fly back to the Netherlands with his owner. Old English sheepdog Bugaboo's Picture Perfect was picked as the runner-up on the green carpet of the Garden. Also in the best-of-seven final ring were a German wirehaired pointer, an American foxhound, a Portuguese water dog, a Bichon Frise, and a smooth fox terrier.
November 17, 2012 |
The contestants are prepped and primped, sometimes for as much as $250,000, as if they were models getting ready to sashay down a prestigious runway. They are models of a sort - four-legged ones, anyhow (that's twice as much sashaying) - and the runway is one of the most prestigious in the United States, if you are a dog, or a human owner, breeder or handler of one. The Kennel Club of Philadelphia's annual National Dog Show Presented by Purina takes place this weekend at the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center at Oaks.
September 29, 2012 |
HARRISBURG - The Department of Agriculture allowed a virtual suspension of kennel enforcement during the last 15 months by failing to properly inspect most commercial outfits, allowing oversize or poor-performing operations to skirt regulations and citing no violations, according to a new report by members of the state's Dog Law Advisory Board. The nearly 100-page report, produced by a subcommittee charged with advising the governor on dog issues, came to "the disturbing conclusion" that the state has failed to enforce critical components of the dog law and companion canine health regulations, leaving close to 500,000 dogs in 2,000 kennels at risk.
September 28, 2012 |
HARRISBURG - The Department of Agriculture imposed a virtual moratorium on kennel enforcement during the past 15 months by failing to properly inspect most commercial kennels, allowing oversized or poor-performing operations to skirt stringent regulations and issuing no citations for breaking the law, according to a blistering new report by members of the state's Dog Law Advisory Board. The nearly 100-page report, produced by a subcommittee of the board charged with advising the governor on dog issues, came to what it called "the disturbing conclusion" that the Dog Law Enforcement office has failed to enforce critical components of the dog law and the companion canine health regulations leaving close to 500,000 dogs in 2,000 kennels at risk.