The animals of Pennsylvania – and the people who love them – have lost a champion.
Tom Hickey Sr., who served for eight years as a member of the Governor’s Dog Law Advisory Board, died of a stroke on Sunday.
His death came after Tom had waged a long and courageous battle to recover from a massive stroke he suffered in the fall of 2014 that robbed him of his voice, a voice that spoke powerfully for those without one.
But Tom was not just a singular voice for animals in Pennsylvania, he was the choir and the orchestra too.
I can say that with authority because I covered the intersection of animal welfare issues and politics during my 15-year career as a statehouse reporter with the Philadelphia Inquirer and Tom was a major force in that arena for most of it.
He burst on the scene in 2006, one…
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