Reward for Info on Upper Darby Dog Abuser Jumps to $7K

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L: Layla, R: Gracie | Photos courtesy of Justice Rescue

Remember the two sweet pups that were found close to death in Upper Darby last week?

Reward money offered for information leading to an arrest of whoever abused the dogs has now climbed to $7,000. And according to Justice Rescue, the Chester County-based shelter that rescued the pups, both of them are expected to recover.  Read more »

$1,500 Reward Offered for Info on These Dogs Abandoned in Upper Darby

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L: Layla, R: Gracie | Photos courtesy of Justice Rescue

A local animal shelter is offering a $1,500 reward for information leading to the arrest of the cruel soul/souls who abandoned two abused and emaciated dogs in an Upper Darby park.

Chester County-based Justice Rescue posted photos of the dogs, named Layla and Gracie, to its Facebook page on Tuesday. The shelter said the dogs, which were found in critical condition on Monday in Penn Pines Park, appear to have been used for fighting.  Read more »

Who on Earth Is Shooting Pigeons With Blow Darts in South Philly?

Whether you’re one to feed pigeons from park benches, chase after them, or refer to them as “rats with wings,” you can probably agree that no matter how much of a nuisance they are, they don’t deserve to be shot with blow darts.

I mean, pigeons are actually pretty cool. For starters, they’re the same type of bird as doves, which have a much better rep. They can fly hundreds of miles without stopping, they have an extremely low divorce rate, and studies have shown that they’re experts at finding their way home partly because they can read the earth’s magnetic field.  Read more »

PSPCA Probing Video of Alligator Forced to Drink Beer, Smoke Cigarettes

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The Pennsylvania Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals is investigating footage of men forcing a young alligator to drink alcohol and smoke cigarettes.

Two FOX29 viewers reportedly discovered the footage and submitted it to the station, which passed it on to the PSPCA.

One disturbing clip shows a man holding an alligator upright while he tips a bottle of alcohol down its throat and shouts “Do it for State!”

Another video shows a man holding the alligator by its tail while a lit cigarette dangles from its mouth.

Nicole Wilson, the PSPCA’S humane law enforcement director, said the organization is “pursing some leads” on the men in the video.

A source told FOX29 that the incident, which the PSPCA calls an act of cruelty, took place in a basement in Bustleton and involved the son of a Philly police officer.

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Pa. to Establish Felony Statute for Animal Cruelty

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Pennsylvania is strengthening its laws against animal cruelty.

Gov. Tom Wolf will sign legislation passed unanimously by the state Senate yesterday that will increase penalties for animal cruelty and neglect.

The bill, called Libre’s Law, will establish grades of violations up to a felony for those found guilty of intentionally torturing neglecting an animal to the point of severe injury or death. Pennsylvania is one of only three states that does not have a felony statute for severe animal abuse.

“I applaud the sponsors and advocates who have fought for too long to improve Pennsylvania’s protections for animals,” Wolf said in a statement yesterday. “We are long overdue to join the rest of the country in having higher standards of care for our pets and other animals.”

Libre’s Law is named after a Boston Terrier who was found in critical condition in a Lancaster County dog breeding facility last year. Veterinarians at the Dillsburg Veterinary Center, where Libre recovered, said he was just hours from death when he was rescued.

The bill will establish that a person can be convicted of felony of the third degree if “he for amusement or gain, causes, allows or permits any animal to engage in animal fighting … owns, possesses, keeps, trains, promotes, purchases, steals or acquires in any manner or knowingly sells any animal for fighting.”

It also subjects dog owners to punishment if they leave their dog tethered for longer than 30 minutes in extreme temperatures.

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Animal Cruelty Citations Issued in Horse Abuse Case

Photo from Penn Vet New Bolton Center Facebook page.

Photo from Penn Vet New Bolton Center Facebook page.

A Rhode Island man has been accused of animal cruelty in the case of an injured horse found in Lancaster County, covered in paint markings.

The Lancaster County District Attorney’s Office announced Wednesday that Phillip S. Price, 65, was charged with five summary citations in the case — three counts of animal cruelty, a single count of dealing and handling animals without a license, and a single count of importing animals without an interstate health certificate.

The horse was “very thin and blind” when she was discovered by animal welfare officials. Veterinarians who treated her — her name is Lily, and she’s being cared for at Penn’s New Bolton Center veterinary clinic in Kennett Square — said that she had been shot 130 times with a paintball gun. Price told Rhode Island’s WJAR, however, that the paint markings came from children using face paint. Prosecutors said Wednesday the investigation continues on that issue. Read more »