The Center for Animal Health and Welfare wants to know who left a sick and emaciated dog outside a Lehigh Valley pet store in a case of cruel neglect.
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Wednesday, January 2, 2013
Pennsylvania ranked better than New Jersey for animal protection but was not in the top echelon of states that prevent animal abuse, according to a national report
Pennsylvania ranks in the middle in a national assessment of how well states protect animals, according to a Huffington Post report. Cases of animal cruelty in the Lehigh Valley last year included neglected horses, a dog dumped in a ditch and a dog shot to death by a neighbor. Also, a Bethlehem man was charged with raping a dog. Many U.S. states are failing to protect animals from cruelty, sexual assault, neglect and other forms of abuse, an Animal Legal Defense Fund (ALDF) report finds. The "2012 U.S. Animal Protection Laws Rankings™" is the seventh annual report to evaluate animal protection laws across the United States, rating each region in fifteen categories. The sections include law enforcement, cruelty reporting and sexual assault…
Thursday, November 29, 2012
Lehigh Valley animal lovers are pledging thousands of dollars for tips in the case of 11 small animals found dead and skinned in a rural park.
The Lehigh Valley Pitbull Awareness Club is offering a reward for information about 11 small animals -- likely foxes -- found skinned and dead near Quarry Park in Lower Macungie Township last Friday. The animals were originally thought to be puppies. One was shot and the others appear to have been trapped. They looked to be about 6 months old, according to a Lehigh County Humane Society official. The club posted a notice of a $100 reward for information in the case on its Facebook page and donations have now swelled to $8,000, which includes a $1,000 pledged by Humane Society President Bruce Fritch. The club posted this update on Facebook Wednesday: We want to clarify two things. First, if the police, with help from the humane society and …
Wednesday, November 28, 2012
Because the animals found Friday in Quarry Park are thought to be foxes, the case has been turned over to the Pennsylvania Game Commission.
Information about what was first thought to be 11 skinned puppies that were found Friday in Quarry Park continues to trickle down from official sources. DNA samples taken from what are now presumed to be young foxes have been sent out to be analyzed, said Christine Wiggins, Lehigh County Humane Officer. It will take weeks for the results to be returned. Only then will the animals' species be confirmed. Somebody used a shotgun to kill one of the foxes, Wiggins said, and the others look to have been trapped. Since they are thought to have been wild animals, the case has been turned over to the Pennsylvania Game Commission, she said. PGC Officer Kevin Halbfoerster said he is still collecting information on the case. He has the Humane Society…
Tuesday, November 27, 2012
11 small skinned animals found near a Lower Macungie park in Lehigh County on Friday were foxes not dogs, according to a Lehigh County Humane Society officer
Monday, November 26, 2012
11 small animals found dead near a Lower Macungie park on Friday have been identified as foxes, not dogs.
Eleven small animals found dead and skinned near Lower Macungie's Quarry Park Friday have been tentatively identified as foxes because of their teeth, according to Christine Wiggins of the Lehigh County Humane Society. Further testing is needed to be sure, Bruce Fritch of the humane society told The Morning Call. A press release from state police originally indicated the animals were puppies, sparking outrage among local animal lovers. An Upper Macungie woman who was walking her dogs on Friday afternoon near the park made the gruesome discovery and called state police. She did not want to disclose exactly what she saw for fear of jeopardizing the investigation. The woman told Patch, "It's very upsetting. And I worry what kind of person …
Police are investigating the discovery of 11 dead puppies that were also skinned in Lehigh County.
Update Nov. 27: The 11 small animals found dead and skinned near Lower Macungie's Quarry Park have now been tentatively identified as foxes because of their teeth. Further testing is needed to be sure. 2:30 p.m. Monday Update: New information indicates the puppies were skinned, not shaved as originally reported. Original report: An atrocious discovery near a Lower Macungie park marks the latest of animal cruelty cases in the Lehigh Valley this year. Eleven puppies were found dead with some partially inside a plastic bag off Quarry Road near Quarry Park around 4 p.m. Friday, according to state police. Police are investigating and ask anyone with information to call 610-395-1438. The puppy case may be connected to another disturbing incident…
Anyone with information about animal abuse or neglect can call the PSPCA's toll-free 24-hour hotline
It's likely that more than one person knows how 11 puppies ended up dead, skinned and dumped along a rural road in Lehigh County last Friday. "These things don't usually happen in isolation. There might be witnesses. They might be reluctant to come forward because of retaliation. It's really disturbing that someone could do something like that to helpless animals," said Wendy A. Marano, public relations specialist for the Pennsylvania SPCA (PSPCA). Marano urges anyone with information about animal cruelty or neglect to call the PSPCA 24-hour toll-free hotline at 1-866-601-SPCA. State police and the Lehigh County Humane Society are investigating the puppy case. Anyone with information is urged to call Christine Wiggins at the Humane …
Thursday, November 15, 2012
Lehigh County Humane Society officials think death of two cats found recently in a cornfield is suspicious.
The Lehigh County Humane Society is investigating deaths of two cats, one found Oct. 2 and the other 2 days later in North Whitehall. According to a statement from Humane Officer Christine Wiggins: "Two cats were found dead off of Levans Road in a North Whitehall corn field this past month. The first cat was found Oct. 2 and the second cat was found Oct. 4. Both cats were indoor/outdoor cats that would always return home. The first cat was found in the corn field with a severe wound to the back of the neck. The other cat was found in the same exact spot with no visible wounds though. The death of both cats are suspected of foul play and if anyone has any information involving these cats please call the Lehigh County Humane Society at 610-…
Wednesday, October 24, 2012
Police say a Bethlehem man raped and injured a Shih-Tzu at an Allentown residence
A Bethlehem man has been charged with having sexual intercourse with an animal and cruelty to animals after he allegedly raped a dog in Allentown on Friday, according to court records. Police say Juan Sanabria-Hernandez, 26, sexually assault a Shih-Tzu at the home of the dog's owner, Angela Rivera, who later noticed that the dog was hurt and acting unusual, according to a Lehigh Valley Live report. Sanabria-Hernandez is free on bail awaiting a preliminary hearing scheduled for Oct. 29. The case may sound appalling but it's not unheard of: