City Government
3:30 am
Wed October 29, 2014

City Council Supports Paying for Food and Vet Care for Retired K-9 Officers

Much attention has been paid to the well-being of Pittsburgh Bureau of Police’s K-9 officers since the death of Officer Rocco earlier this year.

Higher quality protective vests are to be purchased for the 24 dogs on the force.

Now, a bill providing “pensions” for retired officers has received unanimous approval in City Council.

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Government & Politics
3:24 am
Mon June 30, 2014

Pigeon Shoots, Dog and Cat Meat Processing Could End in PA

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.

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Essential Pittsburgh
5:04 pm
Tue November 12, 2013

Working Like a Dog

Cindy Otto at the Penn Vet Working Dog Center trains dogs and aims to use them to detect diseases in humans.
Credit John Donges/Penn Vet / wdc

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.

New research now pinpoints advances in the use of dogs to diagnose human diseases and help solve environmental problems.

Dr. Cindy Otto, of the University of Pennsylvania’s Working Dog Center, 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.

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Government & Politics
4:05 pm
Tue July 16, 2013

PA's Anti-Puppy Mill Law Enforcement Criticized

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.

Auditor General Eugene DePasquale said in an audit released this week that lax leadership and ineffective program administration plagued the Dog Law Enforcement Office.

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