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October 13, 2001 | By Mark Stroh and Margie Fishman INQUIRER SUBURBAN STAFF
First two cockatoos were rescued from the darkened store. Then a chinchilla, followed by a snake and a turtle. Noah's Ark met bankruptcy court yesterday as a local pet-store chain's owners claimed the animals at another pet store, birdcatdogfish. . . in the 202 Marketplace, a strip mall here. The mission ended the strange exile of the animals - four puppies and assorted fish, birds, reptiles and rodents - left in the store after the owners, Adam and Kerri Lehrhaupt of Montgomeryville, filed a Chapter 7 petition Tuesday.
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October 23, 2009 | By Robert Moran INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
An unlicensed pet store in North Philadelphia was raided by authorities last night, and 28 dogs housed in excrement-covered cages in a back room were seized. The dogs, for the most part pit bull mixes, were being sold for as much as $1,000, said George Bengal, director of law enforcement for the Pennsylvania SPCA. Also participating in the raid at Brickyard Pet Supply, at 2208 Cecil B. Moore Ave., were four state dog wardens, who oversee kennel licensing, and Philadelphia police.
NEWS
February 5, 1987 | By Rose Simmons, Inquirer Staff Writer
Bozo is back. A little hungry, but still talking his head off, said one of his owners. Bozo, a parrot-type bird called a chattering lory, was stolen from his home at Beasties Unlimited in Exton, Chester County, on Thursday. Acting on a tip from another pet-store manager, Uwchlan Township police and one of Beasties' owners, John Kauffman, found the bird in the home of a St. Vincent Township woman yesterday afternoon. "The bird appears to be just fine, although it seemed a little on the hungry side" said Doug McLaughlin, another owner of Beasties.
NEWS
August 29, 2012 | By Kevin Riordan, Inquirer Columnist
At Pride Paws, homemade dog biscuits are hot items. "Sometimes we sell them as fast as we can bake them," says manager Renee McCormac. The biscuits helped launch the nonprofit Medford retailer, which offers developmentally disabled young adults a place to work and prepare for "the next, better job," says founder Joe Ritzel. He and his wife, Linda, of Marlton, are part of a close-knit group of Special Olympics parents who established Pride Ventures Inc. Joe is its board president and Linda is a trustee.
NEWS
December 24, 1992 | By John Way Jennings and Larry Lewis, INQUIRER STAFF WRITERS
In one of the more harrowing moments of yesterday's fire at the Moorestown Mall, a frightened brown puppy shivered in the back of a Maple Shade ambulance with an oxygen mask on its face. An emergency medical technician clutched the sad-eyed dog, wrapped in a blanket, in her arms as pet store workers, security personnel, employees of the nearby Sears store and police officers rescued animals from the Docktor Pet Center. The animals in their cages became a concern as soon as the disastrous fire was discovered about 8 a.m. Helpless in their cages, the puppies, kittens, exotic birds, hamsters and other tiny pets were barking, mewing and chirping in alarm as rescuers rushed inside the shop, where at least one worker had already arrived.
NEWS
January 16, 1994 | By Karin Braedt and Christine Bahls, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENTS
It was bad enough just being human and enduring last weekend's ice storm, but if you're a true native of the tropics, like Oliver the Iguana, then when the lights go out and the heat shuts off you're in trouble - deep freeze trouble. Barbara Cassidy arrived at her Cherry Hill pet store that Saturday morning to discover the power had been lost. Oliver, 3 years old and four feet long, was evacuated when the temperature in his heated tank dropped to 55 degrees. About 50 tropical fish died, however, after another night in the store.
NEWS
March 11, 2009 | By Howard Shapiro and Barbara Boyer INQUIRER STAFF WRITERS
A shipment of exotic fish, destined for a pet store in Northeast Philadelphia, was exotic in a wholly different way. Because of a communications mix-up yesterday with US Airways, the box turned out to hold the body of a California man who died last week and had willed his body to medical researchers trying to unlock the mysteries of Alzheimer's disease. According to Philadelphia police, an employee from Pets Plus USA, a locally owned chain of pet stores, went to the US Airways cargo facility near Philadelphia International Airport on Monday night to retrieve three boxes holding the live fish.
NEWS
November 7, 1993 | For The Inquirer / JOHN SLAVIN
Who is that sly dog? He is Merv, a 2-year-old costumed cocker spaniel owned by Tom and Donna Junod of Northeast Philadelphia. Merv was one of many four- footed guests at the Halloween costume party for pets held at at Lick Your Chops, a pet store in Richboro.
NEWS
May 21, 1994 | By Karin Braedt, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
Bordentown Township police and fire officials are investigating a three- alarm fire that destroyed four shops early yesterday, including a pet store in which all of the pets fell victim to the smoke. The blaze wiped out the small one-story brick shopping center on Route 206 that housed a Pizza Hut, the 206 Deli, Trophies Unlimited and Kraus' Aquarium & Pet Store. Among the dead animals was Lucifer, an 18-year-old green macaw who was popular with customers and neighbors, authorities said.
NEWS
April 19, 1987 | The Philadelphia Inquirer / MYRNA LUDWIG
Making friends with a baby rabbit is Sean Fast, 2, of Maple Shade. Sean's buddy was among hundreds being sold at Martin's Aquarium and Pet Store in Cherry Hill for Easter today. The store says it usually sells at least 400 bunnies during the Easter season. The price of a Peter cottontail this year? $9.95 and up.
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October 19, 2015
How could she say no? The engagement ring was attached to Stella, a carmel-brown boxer - a gift from her then-boyfriend, Randy, in 2010. Fast-forward five years. Married, but childless (for now), Hollie Rothrock refers to Stella and her other dog, 8-year old Rosco - a black Lab-shepherd mix that she's had since he was 6 weeks old - as her "fuzzy kids. " She showers them with treats and toys - including birthday presents and stocking stuffers every year at Christmas. "I take better care of them than I do myself," said the fourth-grade learning-support teacher from Bucks County.
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December 9, 2014 | By Tom Avril, Inquirer Staff Writer
Sue Johnson needed little time to make up her mind about Jenny. The Chihuahua sported a black-and-white coat and little tufts of reddish-brown fur over her deep, dark eyes. "She's very sweet," Johnson said. "How could you not?" Jenny met one more criterion that was essential for Johnson, of Quakertown, who got the dog for her sister Saturday at the Pets Plus Natural store in Lansdale: The animal came to the store from a rescue shelter. The big-eared pup was one of at least 10 rescued animals customers had adopted at the store by 5 p.m. Following the lead of hundreds of other pet stores nationwide, the owners have vowed to stop selling animals from commercial breeders at all 10 of their stores by the end of 2015 - converting them one by one to stores that handle adopted dogs and cats only.
NEWS
August 27, 2014 | By Mari A. Schaefer, Inquirer Staff Writer
On Christmas, while his 3-year-old daughter opened her presents, pet-shop owner Michael Gill was in his bathroom cradling an English bulldog mix puppy suffering from a lethal canine virus. The dog had contracted parvo, a deadly and highly contagious intestinal disease. Six puppies in his store that died, along with seven that became sick, were delivered by a Missouri-based dog distributor, he said. "It was the single worst experience I've had with animals in 20 years," said Gill, owner of We Love Pets in Media.
NEWS
August 19, 2013 | By Michael Matza, Inquirer Staff Writer
  Missing since Sunday when he slithered out of a sunny, Delaware County backyard, "Snakie," the 23-year-old pet boa constrictor belonging to Swarthmore veterinarian David Spiegel was still on the loose Friday, or likely stranded in a shady spot in a state of cold-blooded torpor. Linda Spiegel, the vet's wife and office manager, said the seven-foot reptile, which survives on a diet of live rats, was raised around her children, two cats and a dog and is unlikely to endanger anyone.
NEWS
August 29, 2012 | By Edward Colimore, Inquirer Staff Writer
It's a common sight, and not just in the dog days of summer: the pooch with its head stuck out of a car window, ears flapping in the wind. But those free-spirited rides could be history if a controversial new bill gains traction among New Jersey lawmakers. The measure would require motorists to harness non-crated pets - or face a $20 ticket and a possible charge of animal cruelty that carries a civil penalty of up to $1,000. The proposal has drawn both support and ridicule.
NEWS
August 29, 2012 | By Kevin Riordan, Inquirer Columnist
At Pride Paws, homemade dog biscuits are hot items. "Sometimes we sell them as fast as we can bake them," says manager Renee McCormac. The biscuits helped launch the nonprofit Medford retailer, which offers developmentally disabled young adults a place to work and prepare for "the next, better job," says founder Joe Ritzel. He and his wife, Linda, of Marlton, are part of a close-knit group of Special Olympics parents who established Pride Ventures Inc. Joe is its board president and Linda is a trustee.
NEWS
July 23, 2010 | By Julia Terruso, Inquirer Staff Writer
A North Coventry Township gas station was ordered closed Thursday because of concerns that a diesel leak has contaminated area wells. The state Department of Environmental Protection ordered Coventry Mart, at 1453 S. Hanover St., to shut off its pumps until further notice and empty its three diesel tanks, one of which appeared to be leaking into a shared well. The DEP reported in March that fuel from the facility had seeped into a storm-water basin and a tributary of Pigeon Creek in the northern Chester County township.
NEWS
October 23, 2009 | By Robert Moran INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
An unlicensed pet store in North Philadelphia was raided by authorities last night, and 28 dogs housed in excrement-covered cages in a back room were seized. The dogs, for the most part pit bull mixes, were being sold for as much as $1,000, said George Bengal, director of law enforcement for the Pennsylvania SPCA. Also participating in the raid at Brickyard Pet Supply, at 2208 Cecil B. Moore Ave., were four state dog wardens, who oversee kennel licensing, and Philadelphia police.
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