Pennsylvania SPCA seeks in information on pitbull stabbed in Southwest Philadelphia Saturday

Male pitbull found with stab wounds, left to die

Philadelphia, PA (March 27, 2017) - The Pennsylvania SPCA is asking for the public’s help uncovering information about a male pitbull-type dog found stabbed in Southwest Philadelphia on Saturday morning. The dog, who is named Duke, was found on the 900 block of South 55th Street suffering from multiple stab wounds and other injuries.

The Pennsylvania SPCA was contacted by the Animal Care and Control Team after they had picked up the dog. Due to his grave condition, and possible acts of cruelty toward him, ACCT Philly contacted the PSPCA’s Humane Law Enforcement Department. Duke was transported to the PSPCA where he underwent emergency surgery and is now recovering in the organization’s Shelter Hospital. Duke is currently in guarded, but stable condition.

Duke’s owner was out of town at the time of the incident and has since surrendered the dog to the PSPCA. It was reported that Duke had escaped the yard while a friend was watching him and may have encountered another dog while loose. Duke, who allegedly had never shown any aggression toward other dogs previously, may have been involved in a tussle with another dog, but it is not known whether his injuries occurred in conjunction with this incident or if he was already injured at the time of the encounter.

Information about the incident is still being uncovered, and the PSPCA is asking for the help of anyone who may have seen Duke or witnessed the incident.

"Clearly, someone left this dog for dead on the street," said Nicole Wilson, Director of the PSPCA’s Humane Law Enforcement. “While we don’t know the whole story, we do know that Duke was stabbed at some point and left to die. Whether he was involved in an incident with another dog or not, it is not ok to stab a dog and leave it bleeding on the street. Duke, and all dogs, deserve more than that.”

Anyone with information in this case should 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