Police responding to a call for a domestic disturbance in East Germantown Tuesday night instead stumbled upon an animal cruelty case, authorities said Wednesday.
When cops arrived at the scene, on Norwood Street near Chelten Avenue, shortly after 4 p.m. Tuesday, a woman pointed out a house on the block and told them it was being used for dog fighting, according to investigators.
Philadelphia police called in humane law-enforcement officers from the Pennsylvania Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, who obtained a warrant to search the house and found seven dogs, a cat and two kittens inside, said Wendy Marano, a spokeswoman for the PSPCA.
Marano said one of the dogs, a pit bull mix, appeared to have injuries consistent with dog fighting. All 10 of the animals were taken by the PSPCA as the investigation continues, Marano said. The cats and the other dogs -- including English bulldogs, mastiff mixes and pit bull mixes -- appeared to be in good condition, she said.