Rescued puppy

Pennsylvania SPCA removes 17 dogs, 2 bearded dragons & 1 snake from residence in Strawberry Mansion section of the city

PSPCA Humane Law Enforcement team responds to another large-scale rescue just one week after saving 55 dogs in Lancaster County just last week


Philadelphia, PA (September 12, 2019) – The Pennsylvania SPCA responded to a residence in the Strawberry Mansion section of the city Wednesday, removing 17 dogs, 2 bearded dragons and 1 snake. The PSPCA had been called to the property by the city’s Licenses & Inspections department, who were condemning the property due to conditions discovered during the execution of a search warrant for narcotics.


The PSPCA’s Humane Law Enforcement Officers responded to the 2600 block of West Lehigh Avenue about a large number of animals being kept in unsanitary conditions at the property, which is suspected to be a breeding operation. When officers arrived, they found 17 dogs, including a young puppy, 2 bearded dragons, and one snake. Contributing to the unsanitary conditions of the property was the use of buckets for human urination and defecation.


All of the animals were signed over to the care of the Pennsylvania SPCA where they are being evaluated. Many of the dogs were found to be suffering from fleas, untreated skin conditions, and the puppy was suffering from an untreated leg fracture and other mild injuries.  


Some charges regarding the unsanitary conditions under which the dogs were being maintained have already been submitted. Additional charges may follow.


Just one week ago, the Pennsylvania executed a search warrant, rescuing a total of 55 dogs and puppies, from a property in Lancaster County.


Both investigations are ongoing.


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