Pennsylvania SPCA removes 33 dogs from property in Kirkwood, Lancaster County

PSPCA executes search warrant in Lancaster County, citing concerns over temperatures inside kennels and untreated medical conditions


Philadelphia, PA (August 9, 2018) – The Pennsylvania SPCA executed a search warrant on Wednesday, August 8, 2018 at a licensed kennel in Kirkwood, Lancaster County removing 33 dogs and puppies from the property.


The PSPCA’s Humane Law Enforcement department received a call of concern from the PA Bureau of Dog Law regarding extreme temperatures inside the kennel and untreated medical conditions for at least one dog on the premises.


Among the animals seized were 2 English Bulldogs, 3 female adult Goldendoodles along with 24 puppies from multiple litters; an additional Goldendoodle; 1 Cavalier King Charles Spaniel and 1 Poodle type dog.


In addition, one deceased puppy was recovered from the property.


Of the animals removed by the PSPCA officers, all are on hold pending further action.


“After receiving a call from the Bureau of Dog Law, our Humane Law Enforcement team immediately sprang into action,” said Nicole Wilson, the PSPCA’s Director of Humane Law Enforcement. “With the extreme heat and current weather conditions, we knew there was no time to waste. All the animals were transported to our Erie Avenue headquarters where they will be taken care of and treated medically."


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