This week's edition of PSPCA animal watch

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 the PSPCA's 24-hour hotline at 1-866-601-SPCA.

This Little Piggy Lived by the Airport
Fort Mifflin Road, 4900 block, Feb. 26. Animal control officers removed a 250-pound, pot-bellied pig from a remote area of Southwest Philadelphia near the Philadelphia Airport. Feral cat colony caretakers spotted the pig who was eating the remains of a deer. The pig was taken to the PSPCA’s Philadelphia Adoption Center for medical evaluation and sent to a rescue. It is illegal to own livestock in Philadelphia.

Wolf-Hybrid Caretakers Cited
West Hansberry Street, 200 Block, February 26. The caretakers of a badly-injured wolf-hybrid (wolf-husky mix) were cited by the PSPCA for not providing veterinary care. The wolf was found chained to a cable in the caretakers’ yard and suffered from an embedded cable in its hindquarters. Because of the severity of the injury, the wolf was humanely euthanized. The case was forwarded to the Pennsylvania Game Commission who may cite the caretakers for owning a wild animal.

Convicted Animal Abuser Ordered to Pay $10,140 in Restitution
Philadelphia Community Court, March 3. Ronald Boone was found guilty on two summary animal cruelty citations and ordered to pay over $10,140 in restitution and $147 court costs. He was also ordered to perform 90 hours of community service and prohibited from owning animals for 180 days. In July 2008, a PSPCA humane officer removed two dogs from Boone’s Feltonville property — a dead Mastiff mix and another Mastiff, known as “Brick”. Boone, who was also ordered to surrender ownership of Brick to the PSPCA, could appeal the case.

Emaciated Dogs Found in Yards
Thomas Avenue, 5500 block, March 9. Two emaciated dogs were removed from a yard. The dogs were starving and kept in filthy conditions. The owner surrendered the dogs and was cited for four counts of animal cruelty.
Emerson Street, 800 block, March 8. A pit bull mix found limping and with a mass on its underside, was removed from a yard. The owner, who allegedly abandoned the dog in the yard, will be cited for cruelty.
South Carlisle Street, 1600 block, March 8. The owner of an emaciated pit bull surrendered it to the PSPCA. The owner will be cited for neglect.

Dogs Found Running on Interstate 95
Interstate 95 South near Aramingo Avenue off ramp, March 5. While en route to a call, a PSPCA officer saw two dogs loose in the emergency lane on I-95 south in Port Richmond. The dogs were not caught, but escaped injury while exiting the highway through a hole in a fence. Anyone with information on a stray pit bull mix and terrier mix near the Aramingo Avenue exit off I-95 is asked to call the Animal Care and Control Team at 267-385-3800.