PSPCA executes search warrant in Northampton County, citing concerns of untreated medical conditions
Philadelphia, PA (December 28, 2017) – The Pennsylvania SPCA executed two search warrants on Wednesday, December 27, 2017 at adjoining properties in Northampton County removing 30 animals including 6 goats, 3 calves, 2 pigs, 4 bulldogs, 2 huskies, 12 cats and an emu.
The PSPCA’s Humane Law Enforcement department received a call of concern over the weekend, visiting the properties on Bethman Road in Easton on Tuesday and returning to the properties with warrants yesterday. The greatest concerns for the animals related to untreated medical conditions. In addition to a pig rescued and brought to the PSPCA’s Erie Avenue headquarters, an additional pig had to be rushed to an emergency veterinarian to receive immediate medical care.
Of the animals removed by the PSPCA officers, all are on hold pending further court action.
“After visiting this property and seeing the condition of the animals, it became clear that concerns reported by concerned citizens for the welfare of the animals were valid,” said Nicole Wilson, the PSPCA’s Director of Humane Law Enforcement. “Many of these animals needed our help and yesterday we went to work doing 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.