November 13, 2015 |
Hoping to find a home for one its longest-tenured canine residents, the Delaware County SPCA is enlisting the help of social media and offering a prize. After her owners became involved in a domestic dispute that led to the jailing of a family member, Abby Rose, a nearly 3-year-old, female terrier/pit bull mix, arrived at the Media shelter nearly a year ago. On Tuesday, the shelter began what it called the Abby Rose Challenge. Through Nov. 30 it is asking participants to visit the shelter, take a selfie with Abby Rose, and post it on Facebook or Instagram using #FindAbbyRoseaHome and tagging the shelter.
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.
August 19, 2015 |
The Delaware County SPCA has teamed up with two local photographers to help get dogs up for adoption. The shelter and photographers Erik and Deanna Fike set up a "photo booth" at the shelter to show off some of their longtime canine residents. The couple runs Lovebirds, a Philadelphia-based company that specializes in graphic design and photographic services, and uses the photo booth concept at weddings and events. The concept has been used successfully at other shelters throughout the country to help promote animals up for adoption, said Justine Calgiano, director of public relations for the shelter.
July 31, 2015 |
The owner of an animal-control company has sued the Chester County SPCA and its director, alleging that they conspired to destroy his business with help from state officials. In the suit, filed in federal court Monday, Rahn Monrea'l, co-owner of Delaware County Animal Control, seeks more than $675,000. The private company contracts with municipalities to pick up stray animals and take them to the Chester County shelter. Monrea'l alleges that the shelter and its director, Adam Lamb, arranged with dog-law officials to bring criminal charges of seizure and detention of dogs last month against his company.
March 14, 2015 |
The head of the Monmouth County, N.J., branch of the SPCA has resigned amid allegations that he sent racist, sexist, and homophobic text messages to employees. Victor "Buddy" Amato is accused of disparaging women, African Americans, Jewish people, and gays in dozens of messages, according to a lawsuit filed last week in Superior Court in Freehold. The lawsuit was filed by Sue DesMarais of Jackson, an animal-cruelty investigator, who says she lost her job when she complained to her superiors about the text messages.
February 7, 2015 |
Erik Hendricks, 71, of Haverford, a former staff member and longtime executive director of the Pennsylvania SPCA, died Friday, Jan. 30, of leukemia at Bryn Mawr Hospital. Mr. Hendricks' tenure with the animal welfare group ran from 1976 to 2007, and he helped create and implement some of the signature programs and services the PSPCA offers. He also advocated at the state level for stricter laws to protect animals from cruelty and abuse. "We are proud to have had Erik as part of our history, and we honor his commitment to our lifesaving mission," said Jerry Buckley, CEO of the PSPCA.
October 8, 2014 |
IT TURNS OUT that one woman who thought that police had found her missing Pomeranian was barking up the wrong tree. Nia Kora, 23, a nursing student, has been separated from her prized pooch Chispa, a/k/a Chi-Chi, since July, when police say two punks dognapped her during a break-in at Kora's North Philly apartment. "Every day I didn't have her was tough," she said Tuesday outside the Central Detective Division, on 21st Street near Hamilton. "It was hard to keep going; my family was so distraught.
August 4, 2014
Humane-law officers investigating a Tioga man for failing to care for two dogs he left outside the Pennsylvania SPCA Friday discovered that he was illegally keeping two baby alligators in his home, the Pennsylvania SPCA reported Friday. Carl Tyler, 40, of the 3600 block of North 21st Street, allegedly dumped the flea-infested dogs outside the SPCA's shelter Wednesday. Officers were able to track the dogs to Tyler's house. Officers searched his house Friday night and discovered the alligators, which were confiscated and are expected to be transferred to a sanctuary next week.
June 21, 2014 |
For the fourth time in the last nine months, the troubled Chester County SPCA is looking for a new executive director. Russell "Wolf" Harper, cofounder of Justice Rescue, on Wednesday announced that he was out as interim executive director of the agency, which takes in about 5,000 stray animals a year from Chester and Delaware Counties. Pat Biswanger, board president, said that Harper's 90-day contract was nearing its end, but she would not say why the board terminated the contract before it expired.
March 27, 2014 |
For the second time in recent weeks police were called to the Chester County SPCA to remove a volunteer from the premises of the troubled agency. Volunteer Leslie Celia was found in "violation of policy" and told she was no longer permitted at the shelter, according to the police report. "As of yet, we have not received any information from the shelter, but we will be looking into it," said Stephen Bazil, board member. Ashley Dec, Shelter Operations Manager did not return calls for comment.