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Pennsylvania SPCA removes 27 living cats, 2 dogs from Bridesburg residence

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Philadelphia, PA (July 8, 2016) – The Pennsylvania SPCA executed a search warrant yesterday at a residence in the Bridesburg section of Philadelphia, removing 27 cats and two dogs.

The PSPCA’s Humane Law Enforcement Officers, acting on a tip of deceased cats in a trash can reported to the PSPCA’s cruelty hotline, executed a search warrant at a residence on the 2400 block of Bridge Street. The PSPCA found 27 living cats and two dogs in filthy, flea-infested conditions. Several cats and one dog suffering from severe medical conditions where immediately transported back the PSPCA’s Erie Avenue headquarters to receive care from the Shelter Hospital staff. One young cat was dead upon arrival, but resuscitated by the PSPCA veterinary staff and remains in critical condition.

All additional animals were taken back to the PSPCA for treatment. The cats and one cocker spaniel-type dog, with severe matting, were signed over to the PSPCA. The animals will remain in the care of the PSPCA until they are deemed healthy enough for adoption, at which point they will be in search of forever families.  Other animals will remain on protective custody until the case is adjudicated.Cocker Spaniel cruelty 7.7.2016

The investigation is ongoing, and charges are pending.

The Pennsylvania SPCA recently created The George Bengal Fund to honor the memory and continue the work of the organization’s former Director of Humane Law Enforcement who passed away after a battle with cancer. It was Bengal’s last request that the work to end animal cruelty continues at the Pennsylvania SPCA. To donate to The Bengal Fund to support putting an end to cases of animal cruelty like this one, visit: bengalfund.kintera.org

Anyone with information about this case, or other cases involving animal cruelty, should call the Pennsylvania SPCA’s Cruelty Hotline at (866) 601-SPCA. Tips can be left anonymously.