This Week's Edition of PSPCA Animal Watch

The following were some of the recent cases investigated 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 To report animal cruelty, call the PSPCA's 24-hour hotline at 1-866-601-SPCA.

Bullet Removed from Hanged Dog
RENOVO ST. 1900 block, Jan. 23. Animal control officers responded to a call and found the body of a dog hanging from a fence. When conducting a necropsy, a forensic veterinarian found a bullet in the dog’s skull. PSPCA humane officers are searching for the dog’s owner. Anyone with information is urged call the PSPCA’s anonymous cruelty reporting hotline.

Cat Hoarder Sentenced
NORTH ST., 1800 block, February 3. A woman pleaded guilty to unsanitary confinement of cats. In September 2008, the PSPCA removed 21 cats from the woman’s flea-and roach-infested home. The cats were taken to the PSPCA for medical treatment. The woman was ordered to pay court costs and restricted to owning no more than two animals.
Rescued Pony Gallops Off to Greener Pastures
February 5, Philadelphia Fletcher, a pony rescued by PSPCA humane officers on January 23, is now residing in his new home in Chester County. Fletcher, estimated to be between five and seven years old, was emaciated and had a badly matted coat when agents found him in a dilapidated stable.

A horse and a pit bull also were removed by PSPCA officers from the stables in the 2600 block of Fletcher Street  on January 23. The owner, who surrendered all of the animals, was cited for lack of veterinary care and unsanitary confinement. The horse will be transported to the PSPCA’s Danville branch for adoption. The dog will be available for adoption at the PSPCA’s Philadelphia branch. 

The Danger of Changing Pet Food Too Frequently
February 4, Philadelphia. A woman fearing that her cat was severely ill, brought him to the PSPCA’s animal hospital. The cat was suffering from gastrointestinal discomfort. Upon examination of the cat and questioning of his owner by PSPCA staff, it was determined that she had changed the cat’s food frequently in the three weeks since she had adopted him. PSPCA vet staff prescribed an enzyme and ordered the woman to monitor the cat’s eating and litter box habits over the next few weeks. He is expected to make a full recovery.

Urban Puppy Mill Operator Convicted
KENSINGTON AVE. 3300 block, February 3. A man who had been keeping puppies at an abandoned house was found guilty in absentia on one charge of unsanitary confinement and one count of lack of veterinary care. He was ordered to pay a fine for each count and court costs. In September 2008, animal control officers removed one adult pit bull and six puppies from the property. The dog’s owner had sold one of the littermates at just four weeks of age. The law at the time required dogs to be at least seven weeks old when they were sold. (The new dog law increases the legal age for selling a dog to eight weeks.) Because it was taken away from its mother too soon, the puppy did not survive.