The following were 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 the PSPCA's 24-hour hotline at 1-866-601-SPCA.
Woman Cited for Pouring Wax on Cats
SICKEL ST. 100 block, Feb. 13. A West Philadelphia woman has been cited with seven counts of animal cruelty for putting wax on a mother cat and her kittens. A neighbor who had received one of the approximately eight-week old kittens from the suspect, alerted PSPCA law enforcement officers when she noticed a wax-like substance on the kitten when bathing it. Upon investigation, a PSPCA officer found the mother cat and two additional kittens in the woman’s home. She said she poured wax on the cats to“protect them from demons.” A warrant was obtained to remove the cats from the home and the animals are now in protective custody. The woman has been cited for four counts of failure to provide veterinary care and three counts of unsanitary confinement.
Dead Animals Found in Cemetery
OXFORD AVE. and LONGSHORE ST. Feb. 16. Since December, the PSPCA law enforcement unit has investigated several cases of apparent animal sacrifice in Northeast Philadelphia, most recently at the Trinity Church, Oxford cemetery. Officers there found the head and intestines of a goat and the remains of four-five roosters. The body of the goat was missing. A candle was also found, set up on a gravestone. Animal sacrifice for religious purposes is not illegal, but if it is determined that the animals died in a cruel manner, those found to be responsible would be cited for animal cruelty. Anyone with information on any of these cases is asked to call the PSPCA’s anonymous cruelty reporting hotline at 1-866-601-SPCA.