Rescued puppy

Pennsylvania SPCA removes 17 cats & 6 dogs from residence in Harrowgate section of the city

PSPCA Humane Law Enforcement team responds to cruelty call, owner agrees to surrender all animals including puppies under six months old and 4-week old kittens


Philadelphia, PA (February 5, 2019) – The Pennsylvania SPCA responded to a residence in the Harrowgate section of the city Tuesday, removing 6 dogs and 17 cats from the property.


The PSPCA’s Humane Law Enforcement Officers responded to the 2000 block of Pacific Street after receiving a tip to the cruelty hotline about a large number of animals being kept at the property. When officers arrived, they found 17 cats, including five 4-week-old kittens, and 6 dogs, including four puppies under 6-months of age, living in unsanitary conditions.


All of the animals were signed over to the care of the Pennsylvania SPCA where they are being cared for medically, and will soon be available for adoption. 


The investigation is ongoing, and charges are pending.


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.


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