SPCA battle visits Times ‘newsroom’ (With Video)

March 10, 2012

UPPER DARBY — A lively debate broke out in the Daily Times newsroom Wednesday evening as Delaware County SPCA representatives and municipal officials argued about the future of the county’s stray animals.

At the heart of the debate was the burning question of whose responsibility stray animals will become after July 1, the date set by the SPCA for their exfiltration of the animal control business.

SPCA Interim Executive Director Rick Matelsky was joined by the shelter’s director of community relations, Justina Calgiano. Sitting on the opposite side of the evening’s moderator, Daily Times Editor Phil Heron, was Springfield Police Chief Joseph Daly, along with Pennsylvania Dog Law Advisory Board Member Thomas Hickey.

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Delco’s Movers & Shakers: SPCA head takes up cause for paws

March 10, 2012

In a letter sent to municipalities in July 2010, the SPCA announced it would cease involvement in animal control as of June 30, 2011, and become a no-kill animal shelter by July 2012. Matelsky has amended the term no-kill to “life-saving,” saying the shelter will still have to euthanize incurably sick or violent animals.

“We are very aware that sometimes it has to be done. But our big stance is we don’t want to do it for space,” he said. “Animal control is just running a prison. Prisoners come in, you’ve got no space, the prisoners are put down to make space for new prisoners. That consumes everything.”

Yet, not everyone looked upon the SPCA’s decision to leave animal control amicably. Pennsylvania Dog Law Advisory Board member Thomas Hickey became embroiled in a battle with the SPCA to keep it in the animal-control business.


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March 10, 2012

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Harrisburg police have new rule for stray dogs

March 10, 2012

Harrisburg officials have taken another step toward resolving the city’s stray dog scandal.

Pierre RitterJOHN C. WHITEHEAD, The Patriot-News, 2010 Harrisburg Police Chief Pierre Ritter

Police Chief Pierre Ritterhas officially rescinded the memo of Dec. 5 that experts said violated the state dog law, and has replaced it with a new policy that conforms to the law.

Tom Hickey, a member of the governor’s Dog Law Advisory Board, said the new policy follows the law “almost word for word.”

Mayoral spokesman Robert Philbin said it has been in effect since Wednesday.

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Stray dog policy remains in effect for Harrisburg

March 10, 2012

Harrisburg’s shoot-’em, adopt-’em or drop-’em policy for stray dogs has remained in effect, despite statements to the contrary from the mayor and other city officials.

Sources close to the city say police officers on the midnight shift last Thursday reportedly left a pitbull puppy in a cardboard box under a pavilion in Sunshine Park, behind the Capital Area Transit bus facility at Cameron and Herr streets.

“This is unbelievable,” said Tom Hickey, a member of the governor’s Dog Law Advisory Board. “I was assured by the mayor — with the police chief in the room — that they would not abandon a dog.”

That message was never conveyed to rank and file officers, according to sources close to the city.

Since The Patriot-News exposed the policy on Jan. 4, there has been no order of retraction. In fact, sources say officers were told Monday morning the memo is still in force.
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March 10, 2012


Watch Chairman Tom Hickey on Dr. Phil Show debating Michael Vick

March 10, 2012

Governor Edward Rendell and animal activist Tom Hickey, Sr. sound off about whether quarterback Michael Vick deserves the second chance he’s been given, playing for the Philadelphia Eagles, after serving an 18-month prison sentence for his role in a dogfighting ring.

Memo tells Harrisburg police to kill, adopt or dump abandoned or lost dogs

March 10, 2012

It’s a bad time to be a dog in the city of Harrisburg.

Slip the leash, get lost or — worse — abandoned, and a dog faces summary execution or extraordinary rendition to some remote corner of Dauphin County.

All of it’s beyond the law, according to Tom Hickey, a member of the Governor’s Dog Law Advisory Board.

Hickey said the people of Harrisburg should beware.

“Keep your dogs inside — don’t risk them getting lost,” Hickey said. “If it gets lost, you’re going to find out real quickly how bad this is.”

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