Dogs caucus not raucus in Radnor - Sen. Daylin Leach (D., Montgomery) says state lawmakers, locked in contentious budget negotiations right now, could take a cue from the four-legged attendees at his first annual Dog Park Day in Radnor last Saturday. He said 100 dogs turned up at Harford park and pretty much everyone got along. "Harrisburg could learn a lesson from them," said Leach this morning.

The event celebrated National Pet Adoption Month with homeless dogs from Francisvale Home for Smaller Animals. Leach presented the Radnor shelter with a $10,000 state grant to renovate its facility. Francisvale is a no-kill shelter based in Radnor aimed at raising public awareness about the plight of homeless animals and the benefits of adopting an animal in need. Leach said he decided not to take his two cats to the dog-only event because at the last minute he decided "he liked them too much."

Bat survey help needed - Pennsylvania Game Commission biologists and the White-Nose Syndrome (WNS) Maternity Colony Monitoring Task Group are seeking assistance from residents in a national monitoring effort to collect bat maternity colony data this summer. To obtain applications and information on how to participate, visit the Game Commission's website and click on "Appalachian Bat Count" icon in the center of the homepage.

Canine (and feline) camping Jersey style - Under a pilot program, New Jersey is allowing campers to bring along their dogs and domestic cats when they book accommodations at select campgrounds in three state parks and forests. Pet-friendly camping is available at: Brendan T. Byrne State Forest, Parvin State Park and Wharton State Forest. The pilot program will continue until Dec. 31, and no additional fees will be charged for using a pet-friendly campsite. Pet owners must have their animals on leashes, clean up pet waste, and discourage barking and other noise. There is a maximum of two pets per camping permit and owners must be able to show proof of required pet licensing and necessary vaccinations. No animals are allowed in buildings or swimming beaches. For more information, visit: www.njparksandforests.org.

PA courts docket watch - A Lancaster County judge last week granted breeder Nathan Myer's request for a continuance in his trial on dog law violations. Myer, who operates Myer Kennels in Lititz, is one of the state's largest dog breeders. At his last inspection on May 29, he had 721 dogs, including 475 adult breeding dogs. He sold 1,044 dogs in the last year. In May he was cited for failing to keep his kennel in a "sanitary and humane manner" for having cages with such large openings on wire floor that the dogs' feet fell through. In addition veterinary exams were ordered for nine dogs, seven with evidence of paw injuries or wounds, one Lhasa Apso with an eye injury and a lethargic Shih-Tzu puppy. His new trial, in district court in Lititz, is set for July 31. Myer was convicted of multiple dog law violations in 2007, including failing to clean feces from the feeder.