PSPCA rescues 118 animals from Northampton County

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The Pennsylvania SPCA today announced it rescued 118 animals from a shed in Upper Nazareth Township late Wednesday night.  The investigation is ongoing and charges are pending.

Responding to a request for help by the Upper Nazareth Township Police Department, the PSPCA began investigating at a property on Daniels Road at approximately 5:00 PM. Humane Law Enforcement officers discovered 118 animals, including pigeons, cats, dogs, and chickens, living in a filthy shed. Thanks to lighting provided by the Upper Nazareth Fire Department, the PSPCA was able to find and remove the 118 animals during the overnight hours.

The owner surrendered those animals to the PSPCA and officers transported them to the PSPCA headquarters in Philadelphia. The PSPCA’s veterinary team worked until the early hours of Thursday to evaluate and begin treating the animals.

“The PSPCA is the only humane organization in Pennsylvania capable of handling a case of this size.  We are thankful for our partnership with the Upper Nazareth Police and Fire Departments, who helped us save more than one hundred lives last night,” said CEO Jerry Buckley. “Working together with local law enforcement, our Humane Law Enforcement officers can prevent even more instances of cruelty.”

“We appreciate the PSPCA’s prompt response to our request,” said Upper Nazareth Township Supervisor Mike Rinker. “They performed a smooth operation and we are glad the animals are safe.”

Chase and Jen Utley Visit the PSPCA!

Even our cats are huge Utley fans!
Chase and Jen Utley show off the Phillies Pet Calendar, which features several PSPCA shelter animals.

Chase and Jen Utley show off the Phillies Pet Calendar, which features several PSPCA shelter animals.

PSPCA Board Member Jen Utley and her husband, Phillies All-Star Second Baseman Chase Utley, visited our Erie Avenue shelter Monday for a photo shoot to promote the Phillies Pet Calendar as well as the “Enough is Enough” billboard campaign which launched last week. During their visit, Jen and Chase played with longtimer pups Sabina and Frosty and fell in love with Princess Lilly.  They also spent some time greeting cats in our free-roaming cat colony room.

A special Phillies Pet Calendar theme night will be held Monday, September 8, when the Phils take on the Pirates at Citizens Bank Park. $30 tickets include the 18-month calendar featuring players with pets and all proceeds go to support the PSPCA. Click here to buy tickets!

 

 

 

Chase Utley gives Frosty some love.

Chase Utley gives Frosty some love.

Even our cats are huge Utley fans!

Even our cats are huge Utley fans!

PSPCA rescues 3 dogs from West Oak Lane home

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Sommers Road Aug 27 2014 103The Pennsylvania SPCA today announced it rescued 3 emaciated Pit Bull Terrier dogs from a home in the West Oak Lane section of Philadelphia Wednesday afternoon. Humane Law Officers cited Anthony Wall, 23, with 2 summary counts of animal cruelty for unsanitary confinement and failure to provide veterinary care to the 3 dogs.
Based on a complaint, officers obtained a search warrant and entered Wall’s home on the 7000 block of Sommers Road.  There, they discovered 3 emaciated dogs.  All 3 dogs were surrendered to the officers and brought to the PSPCA’s Erie Avenue shelter for veterinary evaluations and treatment.
“These dogs need medical attention, a healthy diet, and ultimately, a good home,” said Director of Humane Law Enforcement George Bengal. “They’re in good hands now, and we will work to rehabilitate them so they can move on to better lives.”

PSPCA charges 4 more suspects in Berks cockfighting case

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RoosterThe Pennsylvania SPCA today announced it has filed 173 counts of animal cruelty against 4 additional suspects in the Berks County cockfighting investigation that began earlier this month:

  • Clarence Miller, 71, Clark Miller, 75, and Lynn Lichtenwalter, 57, all of Bernville, have each been charged with 46 felony counts for allowing their farm to be used to house fighting roosters, and 11 summary charges for failure to provide veterinary care, sanitary shelter, and adequate water for one horse and three dogs.
  • Pedro Cruz, 64, of Reading has been charged with 2 felony counts for owning fighting roosters.

On August 7, the PSPCA charged Jesus Manuel Rodriguez, Jr., 31, of Reading, with 10 felony counts of cruelty to animals for ownership of dozens of fighting roosters.  Based on the continuing investigation, Rodriguez is now charged with 21 felony counts and 21 summary counts for owning fighting birds and failing to provide sanitary shelter for them.

The five suspects have been arraigned and a court date is pending.

Responding to a tip, the PSPCA executed a search warrant on August 7 to investigate suspected cockfighting at a large farm. They found cockfighting paraphernalia and hundreds of birds on scene.  Officers also removed 3 dogs, a goat, and a horse based on animal cruelty violations involving unsanitary confinement, failure to provide veterinary care, and failure to provide adequate sustenance. 83 birds, the 3 dogs and the goat were surrendered to the PSPCA’s care.

Within 72 hours of the rescue operation, the PSPCA had secured new lives for 43 birds and the goat.  The 3 friendly dogs remain in the care of the PSPCA. 2 are available for adoption at the Erie Avenue shelter in North Philadelphia. One is being treated for veterinary conditions.

The horse and remaining birds have not been signed over by the owners and will remain in the care of the PSPCA pending litigation.

With support from the Humane Society of Berks County, the PSPCA expanded its Humane Law Enforcement to Berks County earlier this year.  An earlier case in Berks involved the rescue of 5 sick dogs from a breeder in Bernville.  Prosecution of the owner of the breeding operation is forthcoming.

 

Chase & Jack Utley Say “Enough is Enough”

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chase and jackNew campaign launches on billboards in Philadelphia region.

Beginning Monday August 18th, a special PSPCA campaign with Chase Utley and the Utley’s dog, Jack, who was rescued from cruelty and adopted from our shelter, will appear on Clear Channel digital billboards in the greater Philadelphia region.  The ads focus on four key programs – adoption, spay/neuter, vaccines, and cruelty prevention.  Each ad repeats the message that “Enough is Enough:” 

  • Enough is enough when it comes to animal cruelty.
  • Enough is enough when it comes to pet overpopulation.  
  • Enough is enough when it comes to overcrowded shelters; and
  • Enough is enough when it comes to unvaccinated pets.

We thank the Utleys for helping us spread these important messages that are vital to our mission to end cruelty and improve the well being of animals in Pennsylvania.  

The campaign runs through Sunday, September 14th, courtesy of Clear Channel Outdoor.  

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PSPCA finds homes for 44 of the animals rescued from Berks County farm; investigation continues

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goatThe Pennsylvania SPCA today announced it has found homes for 44 of the 111 animals Humane Law Enforcement officers rescued from a farm in Bernville, Berks County, last week.  Within 72 hours of the rescue operation, the PSPCA had secured new lives for 43 birds and a goat.  Three friendly dogs are available for adoption.

 

Responding to a tip, the PSPCA executed a search warrant Thursday morning to investigate suspected cockfighting birds at a large farm. They found cockfighting paraphernalia and hundreds of birds on scene.  Officers also removed 3 dogs, a goat, and a horse based on potential animal cruelty violations involving unsanitary confinement, failure to provide veterinary care, and failure to provide adequate sustenance. 83 birds, the 3 dogs and the goat were surrendered to the PSPCA’s care. The horse and dozens of birds have not been signed over by the owners and will remain in the care of the PSPCA pending litigation.

 

The PSPCA charged Jesus Manuel Rodriguez, Jr., 31, of Reading, with 10 felony counts of cruelty to animals for ownership of dozens of fighting roosters. Rodriguez was arraigned Friday.  The investigation into other suspects continues.

 

With support from the Humane Society of Berks County, the PSPCA expanded its Humane Law Enforcement to Berks County earlier this year.  An earlier case in Berks involved the rescue of 5 sick dogs from a breeder in Bernville.  Prosecution of the owner of the breeding operation is forthcoming.

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PSPCA names suspect in Berks cockfighting bust; felony charges filed

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RoosterThe Pennsylvania SPCA today released the name of the individual Humane Law Enforcement Officers arrested Thursday in connection with a cockfighting bust in Bernville, Berks County. Jesus Rodriguez, 31, of Reading, has been charged with 10 felony counts of cruelty to animals for ownership of fighting roosters. The investigation continues.

 

Responding to a tip, the PSPCA executed a search warrant Thursday morning to investigate suspected cockfighting at a large farm in Bernville. They found cockfighting paraphernalia and hundreds of birds on scene. The PSPCA arrested Rodriguez, who owned dozens of  the fighting birds.  Officers removed over 100 birds and transported them to the PSPCA’s headquarters in Philadelphia for evaluation.  More than half of them have been surrendered to the PSPCA.

 

Officers also removed 3 dogs, a goat, and a horse based on animal cruelty violations involving goatunsanitary confinement, failure to provide veterinary care, and failure to provide adequate sustenance. The dogs and the goat have been surrendered to the PSPCA’s care.

 

“Rodriguez and others need to know that cockfighting is a felony offense that will not be tolerated in Pennsylvania,” said CEO Jerry Buckley. “The PSPCA is determined to end this and other brutal crimes to animals in the Commonwealth.”

 

With support from the Humane Society of Berks County, the PSPCA expanded its Humane Law Enforcement to Berks County earlier this year.  An earlier case in Berks involved the rescue of 5 sick dogs from a breeder in Bernville.  Prosecution of the owner of the breeding operation is forthcoming.

 

PSPCA officers bust cockfighting ring at Berks County farm. Officers also rescue horse, goats and dogs.

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A rooster is examined at PS

A rooster is examined at PSPCA headquarters.

The Pennsylvania SPCA is on scene at a Berks County farm where Humane Law Enforcement officers are rescuing 50-60 birds, a goat, a horse, and 4 dogs based on animal cruelty violations.  Officers are investigating evidence of cockfighting, unsanitary confinement, failure to provide veterinary care, and failure to provide adequate sustenance.

 

Responding to a tip, the PSPCA executed a search warrant Thursday morning to investigate a cockfighting ring. In addition, they found hundreds of animals housed in different buildings on the farm property. Officers also discovered a cockfighting ring and cockfighting paraphernalia. “Cockfighting, or fighting roosters, is a brutal crime,” said Director of Humane Law Enforcement George Bengal. “It’s a felony and we intend to hold those involved accountable.”

 

One person has been arrested, but the PSPCA has not yet released a name.

 

The animals will be transported to the PSPCA’s Erie Avenue headquarters where they will be evaluated by PSPCA’s forensic veterinary team.

 

“Animal cruelty knows no boundaries. The issues we see in the Philadelphia area are also present in other parts of the state, such as Berks.” said CEO Jerry Buckley. “With support from the Humane Society of Berks County, we expanded our Humane Law Enforcement coverage to Berks earlier this year to investigate and prosecute these kinds of cases. Fortunately, the PSPCA is equipped to handle large, complex cases like this.”

 

PSPCA charges man with cruelty for neglecting dogs, rescues pet alligators

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alligatorsThe Pennsylvania SPCA has charged a North Philadelphia man with cruelty to animals. Carl Tyler, 40, of the 3600 block of North 21st Street, was cited tonight for failure to seek veterinary care for two dogs.

The two dogs were found abandoned in front of the PSPCA Wednesday. Both dogs were flea-infested and had skin infections resulting from flea bites.  One of the dogs was emaciated. They were taken to the PSPCA’s Shelter Hospital for further evaluation and treatment.
After investigating, PSPCA officers were able to track down the owner of the dogs Friday evening.  With a search warrant, they entered Tyler’s home and cited him for cruelty to animals based on the conditions of the two dogs. They also discovered two alligators being unlawfully kept as pets. They have been transported to the Erie Avenue shelter and will be transferred to a sanctuary next week.