Dogs en Pigeon Shoots, Dog and Cat Meat Processing Could End in PA <pre wrap=""> The umpteenth effort to ban pigeon shoots in Pennsylvania has cleared a state Senate panel. Animal rights activists have been trying for decades to end pigeon shoots – private events during which hunters take aim at live pigeons released from traps. Activists call it barbaric, though judges and prosecutors have said it breaks no animal cruelty laws. Sen. Rich Alloway (R-Adams) counts himself among the traditional sportsmen against the practice. He called it a wasteful “blood sport” before voting for the ban during a meeting of the Senate Judiciary Committee Thursday. Mon, 30 Jun 2014 07:24:00 +0000 Mary Wilson 31754 at Working Like a Dog <p>Dogs are called man’s best friend for good reason. They have served with distinction in the military, sniffed out bombs and been caring companions to people with disabilities.</p><p>New research now pinpoints advances in the use of dogs to diagnose human diseases and help solve environmental problems.</p><p>Dr. Cindy Otto, of the <a href="">University of Pennsylvania’s Working Dog Center</a>, notes that some diseases and bacteria have a special odor, which dogs can smell. Medical studies in Europe have shown that some dogs can even pinpoint people with cancer. Tue, 12 Nov 2013 22:04:46 +0000 Nick Frost 19673 at Working Like a Dog PA's Anti-Puppy Mill Law Enforcement Criticized <p>Pennsylvania's independently elected fiscal watchdog says the state is doing a poor job enforcing an anti-puppy mill law that's designed to protect buyers and ensure breeders maintain humane practices.</p> Tue, 16 Jul 2013 20:05:36 +0000 Michael Lynch & The Associated Press 13201 at