We are pleased to announce the return of the "Animal Watch" column for Philly Dawg that chronicles the daily humane law enforcement work by the Pennsylvania SPCA on behalf of dogs, cats, horses and other abused animals.
The following are some of the recent cases investigated by the PSPCA. headquartered at 350 E. Erie Avenue in Philadelphia. For more information, call 215-426-6300 or visit www.pspca.org. To report animal cruelty call 1-866-601-SPCA.
PSPCA humane law enforcement officers are trying to locate the owner of a dog found dead of a gunshot wound at Paschall Playground in Southwest Philadelphia on January 5, 2014. Anyone who knows the owner of this tan/brindle 8-year-old male pitbull in the vicinity of Paschall Playground is requested to call PSPCA's cruelty hotline at 1-866-601-SPCA.
Jan. 15. One of the two men arrested for setting a cat on fire in November pled guilty to multiple charges. Tyrique Hall, 21, pleaded guilty to animal cruelty, criminal conspiracy and possession of an instrument of crime. Hall will be sentenced in February and faces up to ten years in prison.
On November 10, Hall and a second suspect doused a cat named Campbell in accelerant and set him on fire.Responding to a tip, Pennsylvania SPCA officers rescued Campbell and took him to their Erie Ave. shelter for triage. Authorities arrested Hall and the second suspect, Jose Sanchez, 18, on November 19, 2013. Sanchez awaits trial. Campbell under went extensive burn treatment at PSPCA and at Penn Vet where veterinarians remove dead tissue and reconstructed his skin. Campbell's prognosis is good and he continues to heal in his new home with Lt. Steve Paslawski of the Philadelphia Fire Department. An eyewitness will receive a reward in the case for helping identify Hall, who was caught on a security camera with a gas can.
Elmwood Ave., 7400. Jan. 11. PSPCA officers charged William Miller, 50, with 15 counts of animal cruelty for the unsanitary confinement of 15 cats and 3 newborn kittens. Philadelphia police investigating another matter involving Miller discovered multiple animals in the filthy home and contacted animal control. PSPCA officers said the floors of the house were covered in four to five inches of feces.The mother and kittens are in foster care and the other cats are available for adoption at the shelter.
State Rd., 7000 block, Jan. 3. PSPCA humane law enforcement officers responded to a report of a dog left out in sub-freezing temperatures with insufficient shelter. When they arrived at the North Philadelphia home, they discovered a pitbull terrier in a gated lot. The dog's shelter appeared covered in snow and the water in the dog's bowl appeared frozen over. After obtaining a search warrant, officers returned to the lot and observed that the dog was lethargic and unable to walk on his own. The dog is currently in the care of PSPCA. Officers are investigating.
N. 2nd St. 4000 block, Dec. 26. Officers executing a search warrant found two emaciated dogs left at the property without food and water. The dogs are in the care of PSPCA and officers are trying to locate the offender.
Ditman St. 7000 block, Dec. 26. Officers executing a search warrant found two emaciated cats and one dead cat left at a property without food and water. The surviving cats are in the care of PSPCA and officers are trying to locate offender.
W. 52nd St. 600 block, Dec. 23. A search warrant found two emaciated dogs that were left abandoned inside the property without food and water. The dogs are in the care of the PSPCA and officers are trying to locate offender.