Pennsylvania SPCA removes 17 dogs from property in Coudersport, Potter County

PSPCA executes search warrant in Potter County, citing concerns of conditions animals kept in

Philadelphia, PA (August, 2017) – The Pennsylvania SPCA executed a search warrant on Friday, August 11, 2017 at a property in Potter County removing 17 border collie type dogs.

The PSPCA’s Humane Law Enforcement Officers returned to the property in Coudersport with a warrant today after becoming concerned for the welfare of the animals on the property. Among the various violations of the cruelty code were unsanitary conditions, lack of veterinary care, and a lack of sustenance. Many of the dogs were found to be in a skinny condition.

Of the dogs removed by the PSPCA, all of whom have been signed over to the PSPCA by their owner, 16 were transported to the PSPCA’s headquarters in Philadelphia to be evaluated by the shelter’s medical team. One of the dogs in good condition went to the PSPCA’s Central Danville location. After medical evaluation and treatment, all dogs will be looking for new forever families.

“After visiting this property and seeing the condition of both the dog themselves and the space in which they lived, it became clear that our concerns for the animals went beyond just the sheer number on one property ,” said Nicole Wilson, the PSPCA’s Director of Humane Law Enforcement. “It was clear that many of these animals needed our help and toda we went to work putting the pieces together to do just that."

The investigation 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