Pennsylvania SPCA removes 8 dogs and puppies, 35 cats and kittens, and 5 horses from residence in New Tripoli, Lehigh County

PSPCA executes search warrant on concerns of health of animals on property

Philadelphia, PA (May 5, 2017) – The Pennsylvania SPCA executed a search warrant Friday, May 5, 2017 at a residence in Lehigh County, removing 8 dogs and puppies, 35 cats and kittens, and 5 horses.

The PSPCA’s Humane Law Enforcement Officers, acting on a tip of numerous animals being kept in unsanitary conditions, and concerns of animals in need of veterinary care being left untreated, executed a search warrant at the residence in New Tripoli on Friday afternoon.

Based upon conditions there, the dogs and puppies, cats and kittens, and horses were removed.  The majority of the animals were transported to the PSPCA’s Philadelphia headquarters to be further evaluated by the veterinary staff and to receive any necessary medical treatment. Three of the horses were diverted to the PSPCA’s Central PA Center at Danville where they will also receive further medical evaluation and care.

“Our team of Humane Law Enforcement officers is familiar with this location,” said Nicole Wilson, Director of Humane Law Enforcement at the Pennsylvania SPCA. “It is our hope that we can make a difference in the lives of the animals we rescued.”

The animals rescued have not been surrendered and will remain in the care of the PSPCA until the adjudication of their court case, or until they are signed over by the owner. 

The investigation is ongoing, and charges are pending the conclusion of the 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