March 13, 2016 |
COULD YOU pick out a pit bull from a lineup? You might think so, but there's a good chance you'd be wrong. Even experts have problems when it comes to labeling a breed or mix. That's bad news for dogs who are misidentified, especially if they are in communities with breed-specific legislation - laws that ban certain types of dogs. To test the accuracy of shelter dog identification, University of Florida researchers went to four shelters and asked a total of 16 shelter staff members with at least three years of experience, including four vets, to look at 120 dogs (30 at each shelter)
January 1, 2016 |
Abby Rose got her Christmas wish. The 3-year-old female terrier/pit bull mix - the Delaware County SPCA's longest-tenured resident - left the Media shelter Tuesday wagging her tail as she headed out the door with her new family. "This is what she deserves - years of joy," said Justina Calgiano, spokeswoman for the SPCA. It was a bittersweet moment for the shelter staff as one of their favorite charges left after 357 days. Abby Rose, for her part, stopped and asked to be petted, or rubbed the legs of the volunteers and shelter staff who came to see her off. By Thursday afternoon, the video of Abby Rose leaving the shelter, posted on the Delaware County SPCA Facebook page, had been viewed 25,000 times, there were more than 3,600 likes, and about 500 comments were posted wishing her well.
November 22, 2015 |
When Daphne Howard was a child, houses in her Main Line neighborhood had formal living rooms with sofas upholstered in brocade or chintz, and formal dining rooms with mahogany buffets, tables, and high-back chairs. Windows were enveloped in silken drapes with swagged valances. Today, she owns a Main Line home with a different decor. "We are not formal people; I didn't want a formal dining room or living room," she says. Instead, she opted for an "eclectic modern" look. The Cape Cod in Rosemont, built in 1933, was purchased by Daphne and husband Rob in 1997.
November 15, 2015 |
SUZIE AND DAISY, both pit bulls, are lucky to be alive after nearly being killed by their owners who were fined and barred from owning animals for 90 days following hearing in Municipal Court yesterday. In his East Falls home, Kevin Spence, 56, kept Suzie in a collar so tight that authorities said "her skin had begun to grow around" it. The Pennsylvania Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals charged Spence with animal neglect in August, took custody of Suzie, treated her wounds, and have since found her a new home.
August 21, 2015 |
IT WAS NEARLY dusk when Patty Lake spotted the pit bull walking unattended on a busy road in Lower Makefield Township. She pulled over her pickup truck, loaded with groceries from a nearby ShopRite, and approached the dog. "She smelled my hand and started wagging her tail," Lake told the Daily News last night. "It was like she was saying, 'Thank god someone's here.' " Lake said the dog looked healthy and had a collar - she thought it had wandered away from its owner. She waited with the pooch until it was taken by a Lower Makefield Police officer, who in turn handed the dog over to the Bucks County SPCA.
June 15, 2015 |
Nani is lucky to be alive. The emaciated pit bull was discovered Tuesday afternoon in Tacony Creek Park by Luis Montalvo, who was walking his two pit bulls when they alerted him to a skeletal, feces-covered dog lying on some dirt and rocks. "Oh my God, she was bones, literally bones," said Montalvo, 38, of Juniata Park, who offered the dog some water from a bottle. "She was trying to get up, but she couldn't. " Nani was picked up by the Animal Care and Control Team of Philadelphia, who then reached out to Michele Schaffer-Stevens of Lilo's Promise Animal Rescue in Voorhees.
October 30, 2014 |
SPCA police officers removed 13 pit bulls from what officials called a suspected dogfighting operation in a home in South Philadelphia early Tuesday. Officials from the Pennsylvania Society for the Protection of Animals said eight puppies and five adult dogs were taken late Monday from the house on the 2200 block of Mifflin Street. While the puppies were found in good condition, some of the adult dogs were injured and treated by veterinarians, said George Bengal, the PSPCA's director of law enforcement.
February 17, 2014 |
PHILADELPHIA Damien, a jet-black pit bull whose paws and tail are tipped in white, knows just one trick. But it came in handy Saturday at the "With Love: Soul Mate Skate" at Penn's Landing. "If you're like, 'Come here,' " Lindsay Sharpless said, holding her hand to her mouth and pinching her fingers like pursed lips, "he gives you kisses. "We're working on sit," the Chester County SPCA volunteer added, as Damien layered her face with licks. Making love matches was the goal Saturday.
January 29, 2014 |
TRENTON - A shivering two-year-old pit bull who was stranded on a frozen patch of the Delaware River for hours Sunday is safely home with his family after being rescued by two daring dog-lovers. Russ Miller, a former firefighter, and Ciro Silvestri, a bystander who refused advice to stay off the ice, ventured about 200 yards out into the river to reach the frightened dog as the sun was setting on a frigid day. Miller took along an ocean kayak to use for flotation if he fell in and to carry the dog back to the shore.
January 9, 2014 |
JUSTICE RESCUE, a team of brawny, tattooed dog-lovers, has finally gotten some justice over an ordeal with a Northeast Philly pit bull, the group's lawyer said. Two members of the animal-rescue group, Russell Wayne "Wolf" Harper and Robert John "House" Lewis, were arrested in February and charged with impersonating a law-enforcement officer, theft, receiving stolen property and conspiracy for allegedly taking a pit bull in November 2012 from a property near Frankford Avenue and Orthodox Street.