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.
December 30, 2013 |
A man police were chasing in Camden ran into his house and commanded his pit bull to attack the officers, one of whom was bitten, authorities said Saturday. Officers Brandon Galloza and Michael Ross of the Camden County Police Department were on patrol Thursday night when they saw Thomas Wright and Tajay Wilson, both 19, in what appeared to be a drug transaction, police said. The two Camden men ran when Galloza and Ross approached and told them to stop, police said. The officers chased them into Wright's house on the 1800 block of Filmore Street, police said, where they were blocked by Quazeem Jackson, 21. That's when Wright "repeatedly commanded a pit bull in the house to attack" by pointing at the officers and shouting, "Sic 'em," police said.
December 11, 2013 |
A woman whose husband ran a dogfighting enterprise out of their West Brandywine Township home was sentenced to 23 months in prison Monday by a judge who said she failed to shield her children from the carnage. Laura Acompora's youngest child, who is now 3, is still terrorized by what he saw before police shut down the operation last December, Chester County Assistant District Attorney Priya DeSouzza said. The child, one of three who lived in the home, has memories of seeing a dog stomped to death by a group of men and a pit bull eating another dog, DeSouzza said.
November 19, 2013 |
WEST CHESTER Jermaine was not trained as a guide dog for the visually impaired. But the pit bull has answered the call to service for a four-legged fellow in need - his blind brother, Jeffrey - and in the process has captured the hearts of millions. This canine brotherly love story, with paws in Philadelphia and Chester County, became a Facebook sensation over the weekend. Kimberly Cary, a volunteer with the Chester County SPCA, had posted pictures on Facebook late last week of the inseparable 8-month-old puppies.
September 11, 2013 |
Current and former staff and volunteers and a board member at the Chester County SPCA said recently that they had reported mistreatment and neglect of animals to shelter officials, but that their accounts were ignored or not addressed seriously. Conrad Muhly, the board president, and other board members declined requests for comment on the allegations. The shelter has defended its performance. "Our staff and volunteers will continue to devote all our efforts to the compassionate care of the animals in our open-access shelter, where no animal in need is turned away," SPCA spokesman Richard Britton wrote in an e-mailed statement.
June 21, 2013 |
LAST TIME we checked, there was no mention of Lucas on Michael Vick's Twitter account yesterday. Which isn't surprising. The Eagles quarterback most likely doesn't want to be reminded of the 548 days he spent in prison for his role in a dog-fighting ring. Lucas was one of Vick's prized fighting pit bulls. And on Wednesday he was euthanized because of failing health. The dog - known as a grand champion in fighting circles - was about 13 years old, and was one of 22 of Vick's dogs sent to Best Friends in Kanab, Utah, for long-term rehabilitation or permanent placement.
May 9, 2013 |
The series so far: The 12 inmates and their six rescue dogs living on Mod 3 have formed close bonds. The men are practicing job interviews, preparing for employment after prison. And most are working hard to ready their dogs for the AKC Canine Good Citizen Test, which is fast approaching. Others are falling behind. Fourth of six parts. Under a gray spongy sky on a Sunday afternoon, the hopeful came to the Philadelphia Pet Hotel and Villas, a boarding facility near the airport.
April 2, 2013 |
A CHAIN-LINK fence capped with razor wire sits between two pit bulls in a North Philly car lot and the lady who wants to pet them. The woman, who lives on Green Lane near Broad Street, tosses them some treats, and the dogs gobble them up quickly, their tails wiggling and wagging. "See how friendly they are? They wouldn't hurt a fly," said the woman, who didn't want to give her name. "You're just some nice doggies, aren't you?" Over the course of an hour on this Sunday afternoon, the dirt-covered dogs don't bark or growl at anyone, and the woman from Green Lane isn't the only one showering them with snacks and baby talk.