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 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.

 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.

Cited Animal Owner Faces New Charges

JOYCE ST. 3000 block, Feb. 19. A man previously cited for neglect and wanted on a bench warrant for failure to appear in court will again be charged with animal neglect after PSPCA agents removed a third dog from the man's home. Officers previously had removed two dogs from his home.

Cruelty Case Updates

Feb. 12, A dog owner in the 8900 block of Revere Street in Philadelphia pleaded no contest to two charges of neglect and was ordered to pay court costs, a $200 fine and fulfill 20 hours of community service. The sentence also prohibits him from owning animals for 90 days. The man had surrendered two severely matted dogs to animal control in September 2008. One of the dogs was suffering from dermatitis and lesions.
Feb. 12. The owner of two dogs, an underweight Pit Bull with fleas and an emaciated Beagle-mix with a mammary tumor, pleaded no contest to neglect charges. The owner was ordered to pay court costs and a $150 fine, and complete 25 hours of community service. The owner also was prohibited from owning an animal for 90 days.