Publication/Event date: 2011-06-16

Publication name: philly.com

URL for more info: http://www.philly.com/philly/blogs/pets/With-a-new-watchdog-in-the-Capitolmusings-on-a-decade-of-dog-law-.html

Summary:
Back in the dark of ages of Pennsylvania dog law (circa 2002), long before Oprah Winfrey catapulted the state and its infamous "puppy mills" onto the world's stage, a small band of women set out to find out why so many breeding dogs were suffering in filthy kennels.

They quietly but persistently sent email requests for documents and questioned why inspection reports noted repeated violations yet so little had been done to hold the breeders accountable.

They asked then-gubernatorial candidate Ed Rendell if he would do something to help. He promised he would "immediately redress the problem" if elected.
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Stray Cat Strut: Woman Beats IRS

Publication/Event date: 2011-06-11

Publication name: The Wall Street Journal

URL for more info: http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052702304778304576377744105236346.html

Summary:
When Jan Van Dusen appeared before a U.S. Tax Court judge and a team of Internal Revenue Service lawyers more than a year ago, there was more at stake than her tax deduction for taking care of 70 stray cats.

Hanging in the balance were millions of dollars in annual tax deductions by animal-rescue volunteers across the nation—and some needed clarity on the treatment of volunteers' unreimbursed expenses for 1.55 million other IRS-recognized charities.

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