Animal Watch

The following are some of the recent cases investigated by the Pennsylvania SPCA.  Headquartered at 350 E. Erie Avenue in Philadelphia, the PSPCA operates six branches throughout the state.  For more information, call 215-426-6300 or visit To report animal cruelty call 1-866-601-SPCA.

Dog Found Frozen

3300 block Argyle Street, Philadelphia. The owner of a dog found frozen to death and stuck to a fence will be charged with animal cruelty. The shepherd-mix dog was left outside tied to the fence overnight, when the temperature dropped to 14 degrees.

Terrier reunited with owner

8th and Wolf Streets, Philadelphia. A missing four-year Jack Russell terrier mix was reunited with his owners just weeks before Christmas. Chipper, escaped from a family member’s back yard and was found a day later by a PSPCA humane officer who reunited him with his owner after the family filed a lost dog report.

Dog electrocuted by power line

2300 block of Cheltenham Avenue, Philadelphia. A man walking his dogs in a field behind the Cheltenham Mall suffered a tragic loss when one of the dogs ran ahead to relieve himself.  The dog selected a spot with an unmarked electrical support structure and was electrocuted.

Boy saves kitten

3800 block Elsinore Street, Philadelphia. A 10-year old boy mailing a letter for his mother was surprised to hear crying from a trash can.  An animal-lover, the boy dug through the can to find a 10-week old orange tabby kitten wrapped in a plastic bag - he had been tossed aside, to be taken away in the garbage truck that morning. 

The boy and his mother took the cat to the PSPCA, where a veterinary exam revealed the determined that the kitten has a mild neurological disorder. The otherwise healthy kitten, now known as Jake, is resting from his ordeal in the home of a PSPCA foster volunteer.

More than 60 animals removed from trailer

1000 block Ehler Street, Stroudsburg, Pa. PSPCA law enforcement officers removed more than 60 birds and a cat from a trailer on December 27 where the body of 500-pound woman had been found.

A woman and her elderly mother, both of whom were immobile, had been living in separate rooms in the trailer. When the elderly woman found her daughter was unresponsive late on Dec. 23, she called a family friend who found the body and alerted the police on Christmas Eve, according to a Stroudsburg Area Police spokesman. The body of the woman was removed on Dec. 24 and PSPCA got a search warrant to retrieve the animals three days later. PSPCA officers found 62 birds, a cat and six dead birds in the trailer.

The majority of the birds, which included finches, cockatiels, lovebirds and parrots, were living in dirty, broken cages and others were flying freely though the trailer; the dead birds were either piled in the shower or still in the cages, the PSPCA said. The animals were taken to the PSPCA’s Philadelphia Adoption Center for evaluation and are available for adoption.