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February 8, 1992 | By Barbara Evans Sorid, SPECIAL TO THE INQUIRER
The Pet Farm in Southampton Township, a combination kennel, pet shop and animal shelter, was ordered to shut down its kennel operation yesterday while a Superior Court judge considers a township order permanently revoking the facility's kennel license. Southamption Township Solicitor Stacy Moore said an order issued by Superior Court Judge Harold B. Wells prohibits Steven J. Marshall, the owner of the Pet Farm, from boarding, breeding or selling dogs pending the outcome of the court case.
NEWS
June 4, 1989 | By Lisa Scheid, Special to The Inquirer
East Nantmeal resident Louise Ross Kamp apparently is operating a dog kennel in violation of township zoning - but the township supervisors aren't inclined to crack down on her. The township building inspector, Garfield Smith, checked out Kamp's kennel after Font Road resident Joseph Glenski complained to the supervisors that the dogs were barking loudly. Smith said at a supervisors meeting Thursday that, when he visited the site earlier this month, he heard little barking.
NEWS
December 5, 1991 | By Barbara Evans Sorid, Special to The Inquirer
Southampton's Pet Farm, which serves as a pet shop, petting zoo and shelter for 200 unwanted animals, will get rid of its dogs if the Township Committee has its way. But the owner said yesterday that he would fight the township's decision to revoke his kennel license. "I'm not going to remove one single animal," Steven Marshall said. "I am going to fight them in court. " Marshall and the three-acre Pet Farm, on Route 70 near the Medford border, have been under pressure since June, when health officials cited the farm for health-code violations.
NEWS
November 22, 1987 | By Deborah A. Russell-Brown, Special to The Inquirer
Owners of a nursing home and a kennel have proposed expansions in applications before the Tredyffrin Township Zoning Hearing Board. Representatives of Eliza Cathcart Health Center, a 95-unit retirement and nursing facility at 445 Valley Forge Rd., presented a plan to begin interior renovations to one of the center's two buildings. Estimated to cost more than $600,000, the expansion plans include the addition of 12 apartments on the third floor of the original nursing home, as well as cosmetic repairs to the dining room.
NEWS
October 15, 2008 | By Amy Worden INQUIRER HARRISBURG BUREAU
The state Attorney General's Office has moved to shut down a major dog kennel operator. In a contempt petition filed yesterday, Attorney General Tom Corbett asked Commonwealth Court to revoke the right of Joyce and Raymond Stoltzfus of Lancaster County to do business in Pennsylvania and to impose fines of $4.4 million. The request alleges hundreds of violations of a three-year-old consumer-fraud settlement over the sale of sick puppies. The filing charges that the Stoltzfuses, who operate CC Pets L.L.C.
NEWS
October 15, 2008 | By Amy Worden, Inquirer Harrisburg Bureau
HARRISBURG - The state Attorney General's Office has moved to shut down a major dog kennel operator. In a contempt petition filed yesterday, Attorney General Tom Corbett asked Commonwealth Court to revoke the right of Joyce and Raymond Stoltzfus of Lancaster County to do business in Pennsylvania and to impose fines of $4.4 million. The request alleges hundreds of violations of a three-year-old consumer-fraud settlement over the sale of sick puppies. The filing charges that the Stoltzfuses, who operate CC Pets L.L.C.
NEWS
November 19, 2001 | By Jacob Quinn Sanders INQUIRER SUBURBAN STAFF
An early-morning fire yesterday gutted the private no-kill kennel Sharon McCaffrey worked 17 years to build. The 8 a.m. fire, which claimed one of McCaffrey's 30 cats but none of her 12 dogs, left only the 25-by-56-foot building's 8-foot-tall concrete walls standing. "It's insured, or at least it should be," she said, alternatingly wistful and weeping. "I've been trying to call my insurance company all morning, but the phone there just rings and rings and rings. " McCaffrey, 50, who works at Chester County Career Link helping people find jobs, said she began harboring stray and donated animals in 1984 on her 15-acre property on Conestoga Road.
NEWS
September 18, 2007 | By Amy Worden INQUIRER HARRISBURG BUREAU
In a move applauded by animal-welfare advocates, Gov. Rendell has reassigned the director of the bureau of dog law - the person responsible for enforcement in the state's 2,700 licensed kennels - to a new position within the Department of Agriculture. Mary Bender, who had served as the bureau's director since 2003, was named head of the Resource Enhancement and Protection Program, a new farmland-conservation program within the department, Rendell spokesman Chuck Ardo said. Ardo would say only that it was a mutually agreed-upon transfer, but individuals who have advised the governor on ways to improve the problem-plagued bureau say her removal was at the top of their list.
NEWS
October 18, 1987 | By Ellen Dean Wilson, Special to The Inquirer
A veterinarian has been granted permission, for the second time, by the Kennett Township Zoning Hearing Board to build a clinic and kennel off Old Kennett Road. Dr. Caroline Hughes Strange, of Kennett Square, was granted permission on June 9 by the zoning board to build her facility on a 5.8-acre site in Clifton Estates. However, Court of Common Pleas Judge M.J. Melody later ruled that the ruling was invalid because several neighbors of the site had not been notified of the hearing.
NEWS
July 11, 2007 | By Jacqueline L. Urgo INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
An Upper Township couple can sue a large Pennsylvania dog kennel in New Jersey court, a Superior Court judge ruled yesterday. Lewis and Stephanie Ostrander, who live in Upper Township, are suing Lancaster Countybased C.C. Pets L.L.C., alleging that the Labrador-poodle mix puppy they bought in November was diseased and dying. The lawyer for the kennel had asked the New Jersey court to dismiss the suit, saying that the company was regulated by Pennsylvania. The kennel company had sufficient personal jurisdiction in New Jersey, Judge Joseph C. Visalli ruled yesterday.
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December 28, 2015 | By Colin Deppen, PENNLIVE.COM (Harrisburg)
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]
NEWS
September 2, 2015 | By Bonnie L. Cook, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
NEWS
July 22, 2015 | By Erin Edinger-Turoff, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
NEWS
January 23, 2014 | By Amy Worden, Inquirer Harrisburg Bureau
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.
NEWS
December 12, 2013 | By Michaelle Bond, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
NEWS
November 18, 2013 | By Ben Finley, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
SPORTS
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 17, 2012 | By Carolyn Davis, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
NEWS
September 29, 2012 | By Amy Worden, Inquirer Harrisburg Bureau
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.
NEWS
September 28, 2012 | By Amy Worden, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
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.
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