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.
Montgomery Street, 3200 block. Feb.18. An officer responded to a complaint about two dogs left in a yard with no shelter. At the scene, the officer observed a pit bull mix that appeared thin with pressure sores visible and a Chow Chow mix that was severely matted and in need of medical attention. Neither dog had access to food or water and could not get through the snow in the yard to reach shelter. Both dogs were brought to the PSPCA for medical evaluation. The owner of the dogs signed them over to the custody of the PSPCA and was cited by the officer for animal cruelty.
Leithgow Street, 2400 block. Feb. 12. An officer rescued an emaciated pit bull mix from a vacant lot. The dog did not have access to food or water and was using an abandoned car for shelter. The owner of the property denied ownership of the dog, but did sign the dog over to the custody of the PSPCA where the dog received medical evaluation upon arrival.
Arbor Street, 3100 block. Feb. 6. Officers responded to a complaint of a dog left outside with no shelter. Upon their arrival, the officers found a pit bull mix in a yard filled with feces, inadequate shelter and no food available. There was water in yard but it was frozen. It was 24 degrees outside at the time the officers removed the dog. The owner of the property signed over custody of the dog to the PSPCA ten days later. Officers have cited the owner for animal cruelty.
Edgley Street, 1700 block. Feb. 4. Officers responded to a complaint of a deceased dog in a yard. At the scene, the officer found the body of a pit bull mix in a feces-covered yard with no shelter or water. The dog's body was removed from the yard and taken to the PSPCA for a necropsy to determine the cause of death. The owner has been cited for animal cruelty.