Unlicensed pet shop raided in Phila., 28 dogs seized

An unlicensed pet store in North Philadelphia was raided tonight and 28 dogs - many of them sick or injured - were seized from feces-covered cages.

Agents with the Pennsylvania SPCA raided Brickyard Pet Supply on Cecil B. Moore Ave. and arrested a man and a woman identified as the owners. The dogs, mostly pit bulls or pit bull mixes, selling for as much as $1,000, were very sick from being kept in filthy cages and some suffered from infected ears, the result of botched ear-cropping, agents said.

(Under new animal cruelty legislation signed by Gov. Rendell in August, only a veterinarian may crop a dog's ears.)

The Inquirer's Bob Moran has more.