Delco lawyer sentenced for animal cruelty

A Delaware County lawyer who ran a "rescue" operation for German Shepherds out of her Marcus Hook law office was found guilty of 43 counts of animal cruelty in district court today after Pennsylvania SPCA officers found conditions at the facility were "horrendous," according to a news release from the PSPCA.

Terry Silva, 53, owner of Sixth Angel Shepherd Rescue, was sentenced to pay a fine of $5,900 plus court costs for her crimes.

In February, PSPCA raided Silva's law office following complaints from residents and Marcus Hook officials. Inside, officers found 28 German Shepherds and shepherd mixes in closets and crates who were in need of veterinary care.

George Bengal, director of law enforcement for the PSPCA, said "the stench of built-up waste was overwhelming," in the building.

Silva did turn over all of her dogs to the PSCPA following the raid. One of the dogs had to be euthanized but the other 27 were adopted out or transferred to other, legitimate rescue operations, according to the PSCPA.