The following were among the cases received recently 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 www.pspca.org. To report animal cruelty call 1-866-601-SPCA.
Cold Weather Emergencies
STOUTON ST., 2800 block, Jan. 16. During the recent deep freeze, the PSPCA and the Animal Care and Control Team responded to numerous calls of animals left outside without shelter.
For a dog in the Kensington section of Philadelphia, a call for rescue call came too late. The dog, abandoned by its owner approximately two weeks prior, was frozen to the step when the PSPCA agents arrived.
Roosters Found Dressed for Fighting
E. LETTERLY ST., 1900 block, Jan. 11. The PSPCA removed six roosters prepped for fighting in a Kensington home. The birds had had their waddles and combs cut and feathers plucked. Humane agents believe the birds were going to be sold for cockfighting. One individual was charged with animal cruelty .
Twice as Lucky
FELTONVILLE A distraught woman contacted the PSPCA after her two pit bulls escaped from her backyard—something they had never done. The woman was concerned she would never see her dogs again because they were not microchipped. But the dogs were picked up by animal control officers and taken to the PSPCA. The dogs and grateful owner were reunited that day.
Teen Arrested for Allowing Dog to Attack Cat
S. BAILEY ST., 1500 block, Jan. 11. Philadelphia Police arrested a 16-year old who allowed his dog to attack a cat on a South Philadelphia street. A PSPCA humane officer removed the dog and dead cat from the scene. The teenager was charged with cruelty to animals.
See you Later Alligators
Two alligators were surrendered to the shelter when their owners were evicted. They were sent to an alligator rescue which uses the reptiles in education programs. It is illegal to own alligators in Philadelphia.
Dogs Removed from Alleged Fighting Ring
N. AVONDALE AVE., 200 block Jan. 20. Five pit bulls ranging in age from six months to two years were removed from a suspected fighting ring. Two of the dogs had significant old and new wounds and required immediate surgery. Medical supplies and supplements commonly given to fighting dogs were also removed from the house.
Philadelphia Woman Convicted of Animal Abuse
MORTON ST., 5500 block. A woman was found guilty of one count of animal cruelty, ordered to pay a $500 fine, sentenced to serve 75 hours of community service and ordered not to own animals for 90 days. In August 2008, PSPCA removed eight dogs from the Germantown home. The dogs were chained in a yard with industrial-sized chains secured in the ground by car axels. The dogs had scars consistent with dog fighting. Dog fighting paraphernalia was also removed from the home.