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We all know how sneaky they can be…

via Sneaky dogs take food quietly to avoid getting caught – life – 25 July 2010 – New Scientist.

Just click on the “Adopt” tab at the top of the page.

As always, please check out Petfinder.com or the other sites listed to the right side of the page. Your next best friend is waiting for you!

This blog has endorsed an initiative to encourage President-elect Obama to ban breed specific legislation (BSL) nationwide. The message will be sent via Change.org, a social action website.

For those unaware, BSL is any law that targets a specific breed of dog with restrictions or requirements not placed on the general dog-owning population. Such laws range from requiring additional liability insurance, forcing dogs to be muzzled when in public, to outright banning, among other things. Some cities, like Denver, CO, have decided to confiscate and kill their citizens’ pets based on nothing other than the dogs’ appearance.

Since such laws are based on the physical aspect of the dog and have nothing to do with temperament or behavior, such laws are little more than racial profiling. The ASPCA, AVMA, National Animal Control Association and other experts oppose BSL.

Click here to read more.

Photo courtesy Prisoners of Greed, www.prisonersofgreed.org

Photo courtesy Prisoners of Greed, http://www.prisonersofgreed.org

I’m sending a warm thank you to everyone who supported HB 2525. The bill has now passed both the PA House and Senate, and is expected to be signed into law by Governor Rendell by the end of the month. The ASPCA comments:

HB 2525 doubles the cage space required for dogs in Pennsylvania’s commercial breeding facilities, prohibits wire flooring and the stacking of cages, mandates exercise for all dogs, orders that ALL dogs receive veterinary care every six months, and requires that animals be humanely euthanized by licensed veterinarians. This legislation will have an enormously positive impact on the lives of tens of thousands of dogs in Pennsylvania’s puppy mills.

Thank you thank you thank you! We now must watch closely to make sure the new law is enforced.

Please visit SavingPuppies.com and voice your opinion! Let Pennsylvania senators know that we will not continue to allow widespread, sanctioned animal abuse in our state.

Photo courtesy the Philadelphia Inquirer.

Photo courtesy philly.com.

Another in a series of kennel raids and closures, Almost Heaven Kennel owned by Derbe “Skip” Eckhart, Emmaus, received a visit from the PSPCA yesterday. Officials found over 800 animals living in filth, 65 dead bodies, and signs of serious neglect. Eckhart has a long history of animal abuse dating back to 1988. A visit to Pet-Abuse.com reveals his full record.

Other than avoiding to fund this man by purchasing animals from him or using his services, there is one more thing you can do to help prevent this from happening again. Never offer an animal “free to a good home.” Eckhart was obtaining pets through false pretences this way, using the aid of other individuals. Although I am unsure of the current status, he was even licensed as a non-profit kennel, and was representing himself as a “rescue.”

If you feel that you cannot keep your pet, please exercise all options before giving up. This includes veterinary treatment, financial aid and pet food banks, boarding services, professional trainers and behaviorists, and thinking seriously about the lifetime commitment you promised this animal when you decided to take him or her home. If all this fails, seek an adoption fee, always spay/neuter the pet before finding a new home, and seek guidance from a local animal shelter or rescue group. Most agencies will be full, but they may help you screen any adoption applicants. See further suggestions here.

Articles on the raid:

This Schnauzer mix is just one more dog available for adoption at the Animal Rescue League of Berks County.

More lovable adoptables in Pennsylvania! These beautiful creatures are currently awaiting their forever homes at the Animal Rescue League of Berks County in Mohnton, PA. The shelter is located just off Route 724 near Route 176 in Cumru Township. Staff can be reached at 610-373-8830.

Shelter hours:

Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday
10 a.m. to 4:45 p.m.

Wednesday
5 p. m. to 7:45 p.m.

Saturday
10 a.m. to 2:45 p.m.

Closed Sunday

Phone Number – 610-373-8830
Fax Number – 610-372-6374

To view these adoptables, click on the “Adopt” tab at the top of this page.

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