The Pennsylvania SPCA has increased the reward to $5,000 for information leading to the arrest of the individuals responsible for the deaths of six dogs found stuffed in garbage bags in South Philadelphia in late January.
On January 30, Pennsylvania SPCA Humane Law Enforcement officers were called to 26th Street and Washington Avenue by workers making a routine inspection of the railroad tracks in the area. They discovered several black trash bags with the remains of six adult pitbull type dogs. All of the animals had extensive injuries and wounds. The animals appeared to have died within 24 hours of being discovered, according to George Bengal, director of humane law enforcement at the Pennsylvania SPCA.
“We know that these animals did not die of natural causes and we suspect that they may have been used in dogfighting,” said Bengal. “We urge anyone with information about how these dogs were injured or who placed them in that area to contact us.”
The remains of the animals were brought to the Pennsylvania SPCA headquarters in North Philadelphia where necropsies were performed. The investigation is ongoing. Anyone with information in this case should call the Pennsylvania SPCA’s Anti-Cruelty hotline at 1-866-601-SPCA. Tips can be left anonymously.