Pennsylvania SPCA executes search warrant on Lancaster County property, removing 17 dogs and puppies over concerns for their welfare

Philadelphia, PA (February 5, 2021) – The Pennsylvania SPCA executed a search warrant, removing a total of 17 dogs, including 5 unweaned puppies, from a property in Lancaster County on Wednesday, February 3, over concerns for their welfare.

The Pennsylvania SPCA’s Humane Law Enforcement Officers, acting on a tip from a Good Samaritan, removed 16 German Shepherd-type and 1 Siberian Husky-type dogs.

After receiving a complaint which stated that the owners had not been to the property on Bell Road in Christiana since Sunday, the PSPCA team responded and found corroborating evidence to support the claim. Officers obtained a search warrant, and removed the 5 puppies along with their mom, as well as 11 other adolescent and adult dogs.   

All of the dogs were transported to the Pennsylvania SPCA’s Philadelphia headquarters to be examined and cared for by the shelter’s medical team. The animals have not been signed over and will remain in the care of the organization until they are surrendered by the owners or through the courts.

The Pennsylvania SPCA had previously been to the property in November assisting the Bureau of Dog Law with a warrant. At the time, though without a kennel license, the owners of the property were operating as a kennel and puppy dealer in the Commonwealth housing more than 25 animals. Six Siberian Husky puppies were removed from the property that day and ultimately adopted into new loving forever families.

The investigation into animal cruelty and neglect is ongoing, and charges are pending the conclusion of the full investigation.


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


About the Pennsylvania SPCA

Since 1867, the Pennsylvania SPCA, a non-profit 501(c)3 organization headquartered at 350 East Erie Avenue, Philadelphia, has been dedicated to preventing animal cruelty and rescuing animals from abuse and neglect. The Pennsylvania SPCA's lifesaving programs for animals include a low-cost veterinary clinic, low-cost spay and neuter services, pet adoption facilities, and the Pennsylvania SPCA Humane Law Enforcement Department. For more information about adopting, donating or volunteering, please call (215) 426.6300 or visit