Pennsylvania SPCA rescues 14 dogs and 6 puppies from property in Ephrata Township

PSPCA executes search warrant in Lancaster County


Philadelphia, PA (March 14, 2019) – The Pennsylvania SPCA executed a search warrant on Thursday, March 14, 2019 at a property in Lancaster County over concerns for the welfare of the animals on the property.


The Pennsylvania SPCA’s Humane Law Enforcement Officers, acting on a tip to the organization’s cruelty hotline, removed 20 dogs, including six puppies from the property. The search warrant was executed due to unsanitary conditions, lack of veterinary care and a lack of shelter and access to water on the property.


The dogs removed from the property, which included various mastiff-type dogs, Doberman Pinscher-type dogs and Catahoula Leopard-type dogs, were brought to the Pennsylvania SPCA’s facilities in Lancaster and Philadelphia. The dogs will be examined and receive any necessary veterinary care as they recover.


All dogs have been surrendered to the Pennsylvania SPCA and will be available for adoption in the coming days.


“We are grateful that this owner realized that these animals needed to live in better conditions and had confidence in the PSPCA's ability to provide that care,” said Nicole Wilson, Director of Humane Law Enforcement at the Pennsylvania SPCA.


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