The following are some of the recent cases investigated by the Pennsylvania SPCA. 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.
Uber St. 2100 block, May 24 - Humane law enforcement officers arrested a 58-year-old woman for animal cruelty after animal control officers responded to a report of a severely emaciated dog in a bag near Uber Street. When officers arrived, a small crowd had gathered. Officers asked if anyone knew the owner of the dog. The woman stepped forward and indicated she was the owner. The 6-month-old dog, named Smart, was taken to the SPCA’s shelter for treatment. Despite efforts by the veterinary staff, the dog died because of severe malnourishment. A 40-year-old woman also was charged with animal cruelty in connection with the case.
Loring St., 4200 block, May 23 - Humane law officers were called to a residence after neighbors reported a man was trying to remove a cat from the front of his property by scalding it with boiling water and spraying it with toxic liquids, including Spic and Span household cleaner and WD-40 lubricant. The black and white domestic shorthair cat, named Slick by the PSPCA staff, was brought to the SPCA shelter where it is being treated and will soon be available for adoption. A 39-year-old man was charged with animal cruelty. Upon further investigation, officers learned the man was awaiting sentencing on a third-degree murder conviction at the time of the incident.