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Pa. SPCA Rescues 28 German Shepherds From 'Filthy' Conditions

The Pennsylvania SPCA needs donations and homes for 28 German shepherds rescued from 'filthy' conditions.

The Pennsylvania SPCA is seeking new homes for 28 German shepherds recently rescued from "their life of filth and neglect."

The dogs included a puppy and a pregnant female. Some of the dogs were emaciated and so frail they had to be carried to safety.

The agency's Humane Law Enforcement team obtained a search warrant in Marcus Hook, Delaware County, last Friday to investigate complaints about conditions at a property being used by Sixth Angel Shepherd Rescue Inc. 

The SPCA says:

"Instead of providing care for animals in need, the "rescue" became a nightmare for the animals living inside according to the official complaints. Dogs were kept in closets and crates, and the stench of built-up waste was overwhelming. One by one into the early hours of the next morning, Pennsylvania SPCA Humane Law Enforcement officers carefully and lovingly removed the dogs. Some were so frail they had to be carried out."

Back at SPCA headquarters in Philadelphia, the shelter and veterinary staff went  into action. Some dogs were emaciated while others had severe medical conditions requiring immediate attention. All exhibited the terror and distrust that come from ill-treatment at the hands of a human, the SPCA said.

The owner of the rescue organization faces multiple cruelty charges.

“We are so glad to have saved these dogs, but the reality of large scale rescue operations such as this is that our work isn’t over until all the pets are in safe, new loving homes,” said Angela Messer, Director of Operations for the Pennsylvania SPCA. “Until then, the increased animal population is a strain on our resources. We are asking people to help us get through this by opening their homes to a pet in need or to donate.”

To encourage adoptions, most adult dogs are now available for 50 percent off their current adoption fee. The Pennsylvania SPCA Adoption Center is open weekdays from 1 to 8 p.m. and weekends 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Information about the adoption procedure and application can be found online here.

Ben March 03, 2013 at 01:34 AM
Really Naz? Not surprised by your reponse at all! Obviously they have issues. I guess that excuses their behavior!
Jeepers63 March 03, 2013 at 10:17 PM
Oh, I see Kathleen, kittens are dumped off in our neighborhood all the time. Some think they live here....in our window box. Always digging up in my gardens. This is a crime, just throwing away animals or not caring for them. This needs to be taken more seriously & get the punishment laws changed.
Rascal March 05, 2013 at 07:35 PM
Terry Silva who ran the "rescue" told me I was unfit to have a dog let alone any animal because I decided to adopt a dog elsewhere. She harassed me repeatedly over email until I had to threaten to report her to make it stop. I kept hoping she treated animals better than people, but clearly not. I'm glad they finally booked her - she's clearly off her rocker.
Heather May 05, 2013 at 01:52 AM
Plz I need help I have a German Shepard puppie an I don't kno what to do I called pa SPCAs I just don't kno what to do I'm gonna have baby soon and can't take care of him I don't want him put to sleep I need a good home for him email me heatherla81@gmail.com
Nelson E Rivera May 14, 2013 at 08:16 PM
I have always had dogs in my life. I don't understand why anybody would hurt any animal . I have 2 small dogs I been looking to adopt German Shepard . One day i will .That was my 1 st dog German Shepard

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