PSPCA serves arrest warrant for Lancaster County man in relation to 84 counts of animal cruelty

PSPCA’s Humane Law Enforcement team, working with the Lancaster County District Attorney’s Office, arrest Seth Lins


Philadelphia, PA (October 11, 2019) – The Pennsylvania SPCA, alongside Lancaster County Detectives, today executed an arrest warrant for Seth Lins of Narvon. Lins has been charged with a total of 84 counts of animal cruelty which includes 7 felony counts, 27 misdemeanors, and 50 summary counts.


On Wednesday September 4, the PSPCA’s Humane Law Enforcement team executed a search warrant on Lins’ property in Narvon, rescuing a total of 55 dogs and puppies over concerns for their welfare. Acting on a referral from the Bureau of Dog Law, the PSPCA removed 22 Cane Corsos, 16 French Bulldogs, 13 Border Collies, 3 Pomskis and 1 Doberman Pinscher from the property over concerns for the unsanitary conditions of the property and untreated medical conditions of the animals.


Many of the dogs rescued were suffering from severe respiratory infections, and at least one puppy required surgery due to infection related to the severity of her pneumonia.


The dogs removed from the property were brought to the Pennsylvania SPCA’s Philadelphia headquarters where they were examined and treated by the organization’s Shelter Hospital Staff.


Of the 55 dogs removed from the property, 26 were surrendered to the Pennsylvania SPCA. All but one of the dogs have been adopted. The remaining dog required eye surgery and is in the recovery process.


The remaining dogs are housed under protective custody of the Pennsylvania SPCA pending Lins relinquishing them or through the adjudication of the court case.


Today the Pennsylvania SPCA’s has fulfilled its promise, bringing to account the individual responsible for the suffering of numerous dogs and puppies,” said Nicole Wilson, Director of Humane Law Enforcement at the PSPCA. “We are grateful for the continued support of the Lancaster County District Attorney’s Office and look forward to the day the remaining dogs in our care are able to find loving homes.”



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