PSPCA investigates suspected case of animal cruelty; Yorkie-type dog suffers head injury, thrown in trash

PSPCA Shelter Hospital team working to save Pringles, a senior Yorkie thrown out with the trash


Philadelphia, PA (October 3, 2019) – The Pennsylvania SPCA’s Humane Law Enforcement Team is investigating a suspected case of animal cruelty in North Philadelphia where a dog suffered a traumatic head injury and was then placed in a trashcan.


On the morning of Thursday, October 3, the PSPCA’s officers were contacted by the Animal Care and Control Team about a dog that had been found in a trashcan on the 1800 block of North Taylor Street in North Philadelphia. A passersby had contacted ACCT Philly earlier in the morning when they heard rustling in the trashcan and suspected wildlife. Instead, the injured dog was found and the Pennsylvania SPCA’s Humane Law Enforcement team was contacted immediately for help.


The dog, a senior female Yorkshire Terrier type dog named Pringles, was found underneath trash inside of the can and appeared to have sustained trauma to her head.


Pringles was transported to the Pennsylvania SPCA’s Erie Avenue headquarters for immediate treatment in our Shelter Hospital and is currently in critical condition.


The Pennsylvania SPCA’s Humane Law Enforcement team has identified the owners of the dog, and is following leads to uncover the circumstances leading to Pringles’ injuries and just how she ended up in the trashcan.


“Our Shelter Hospital team is doing everything in their power to save the life of Pringles, who is in a very delicate state,” said Nicole Wilson Director of Humane Law Enforcement & Operations at the Pennsylvania SPCA. “This dog had sustained serious injuries and instead of seeking help someone threw her away like she was a piece of trash. Thanks to a Good Samaritan who alerted authorities, we hope to give Pringles a second chance at the life she deserves.”


The investigation into this case is ongoing, and charges are pending.


Anyone with information about this case, or other cases involving animal cruelty, 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