The following are some of the recent cases investigated by the Pennsylvania SPCA. Headquartered at 350 E. Erie Avenue in Philadelphia, the PSPCA operates five 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.
Animals killed in suspected ritualistic sacrifice
Bingham St., 5100 block. Nov. 13. The PSPCA is investigating a suspected case of ritualistic animal sacrifice. The remains of one dog, one cat and several chickens were removed from a park area and were brought to the PSPCA. Necropsies are being conducted as part of the ongoing investigation.
Backyard breeder, hoarder raided
S. 29th. 1300 block. Nov. 9. PSPCA officers executed a search warrant at a house and found twelve dogs, four cats and one turtle. Charges against the owner are pending based on the results of the animals’ medical evaluations. The agents were alerted by a complainant who called the PSPCA’s cruelty hotline and reported two dogs, injured while fighting, had been left on the porch of the home without receiving veterinary care. Officers secured a warrant based on the dogs' injuries and inside the house found animals in various rooms living in unsanitary conditions. The animals were taken to the PSPCA for evaluation. The property owner did not surrender the animals at the time he was charged. The animals are in protective custody and are not available for adoption at this time.
Dogs removed from trash-filled yard
Franklin St. N. 2100 block. Oct. 3. A PSPCA officer responded to a complaint that two dogs were left in a trash and debris-covered yard without food, water or shelter. The owner of the property said the dogs belonged to his aunt who had been incarcerated for a week. Both dogs - young female pit bull mixes - were underweight. The owner surrendered the animals to the PSPCA because he said he could not care for them properly.
Owner of dead dog may be charged
Torresdale Ave. 5900 block. Oct. 26. A PSPCA officer responded to a complaint on the cruelty hotline of one deceased dog and two dogs in poor condition and needing medical attention at the property. The owner stated that the 13-year-old dog had died that morning. He brought the deceased dog to the officer in a bag and stated that he only had one other dog in the home. After further questioning, the man admitted he had two other dogs in the house. Both were underweight, flea-infested and filthy. The owner could not provide veterinary records for any of the dogs and agreed to surrender them to the PSPCA. Charges against the owner are pending following a medical evaluation of the deceased dog’s remains.
Puppy found dead on chain
D St. 4800 block. Nov. 3. A PSPCA officer responded to a complaint of a deceased pit bull puppy that had been left in the yard for 24 hours without food, water or shelter. The body of the puppy - between six months and one year old - was found tied to a fence with a chain wrapped around its neck. The officer confirmed there was no food, water or shelter. The property owner said the dog belonged to her daughter’s father and he put the dog in the yard. The property owner said she was afraid of the dog and did not go back to the yard to take care of it. The dog's owner admitted he had left the dog in the yard, but was unable to explain why he did not take care of it. Both the property owner and the dog owner received citations for animal cruelty for failure to provide food, water and shelter.