Animal watch Apr. 21

The following are some of the many 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 To report animal cruelty call 1-866-601-SPCA.

Stabbed Dog Recovering at Home
Frankford Avenue, 3500 block, April 4. Juice, a young pit bull was rushed to the PSPCA’s Rutherford Memorial Hospital, bleeding profusely. The dog was allegedly stabbed by neighborhood children. Juice suffered a lacerated femoral vein and, after surgery to repair the vein, is now recuperating at home. PSPCA humane officers are looking for leads in this case and ask anyone with information to call 1-866-601-SPCA.

Fowl Seized from Fighting Ring Find Homes on Farms
North Marshall Street, 2900 block, April 6. More than 20 hens and chicks seized during a raid are heading to farms after being removed from a North Philadelphia property owned by a man charged with tunning a cock fighting ring. Twenty-two fighting roosters had to be euthanized. The alleged ring operator was charged with animal fighting and surrendered the birds to the PSPCA.

Owner Abandons Second Dog
Glenloch, 5000 block, April 11. PSPCA humane officers are looking for the person who abandoned a five-six month old pit bull when he moved from his rented home. The dog was left without food or water and the electricity had been turned off. PSPCA agents had removed another dog from the home in December 2008. That dog, which was surrendered, was kept in a dirty yard without shelter.

Owner Ordered to Groom Dog
Mantua Street, 3500 block, April 9. While on patrol in West Philadelphia, a PSPCA agent found a severely matted Spaniel-mix on the back porch of a home. The owner was allowed to keep the dog, but ordered to have the dog groomed. The PSPCA will follow up on the dog’s care. If not groomed, hair mats can cause extreme discomfort and skin irritation and ulceration.

No Place to Keep a Puppy
3300 Smedley Street, 3300 block, April 15. Responding to a tip call to its cruelty hotline, PSPCA humane officers found a four-month old pit bull puppy in a yard— the owners had been using a plastic storage bin as shelter in a trash-filled yard. The puppy, which was suffering from worms, was surrendered to the PSPCA and is undergoing medical treatment.