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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.

maria February 28, 2013 at 03:02 PM
What is wrong with people! Honestly I just can not understand the mind set of this type of cruelty.
PrincessDeuce February 28, 2013 at 03:49 PM
Let's lock the owners up in a closet full of dog crap and leave them to die.
Nazaretti February 28, 2013 at 06:34 PM
Let's see if mental health issues were at work before we crucify the perps.
Stacey Griffith March 01, 2013 at 12:13 AM
Mental issues or not she was SUPPOSSED to help these animals. Maybe she should of got help instead. Let's see justice for these animals. :((
Friday March 01, 2013 at 10:51 AM
I don't know the circumstances surrounding the "rescue" operation, but one might want to lay blame with the original caretakers of the animals. They are the ones who abandoned these animals and condemned them to this path. We have created a "disposable" society in this country. Our children do not understand the meaning of commitment and responsability. Puppies are cute but dogs are a 7 to 15 year commitment. Most marriages don't last that long.
Kathleen Reidy March 01, 2013 at 11:12 AM
4 million heatlthy pets are destroyed in shelters each year. Some die horrible deaths in gas chambers or by heart stick. This doesn't include the thousands that die by the hands of their owners. Spay and Neuter your pets. Don't shop, ADOPT! I foster puppies and dogs for a local rescue. It is heart breaking what happens to so many innocent lives.
Heather Lloyd March 01, 2013 at 12:51 PM
Pets are a privilege, a gift of companionship. We abuse this privilege every day. I agree with "Friday's" comment. Teach your children and understand commitment. These animals don't get choices, only the ones that humans make for them.
Tim Gillis March 02, 2013 at 01:52 PM
How do I go about adopting one?
debbie March 02, 2013 at 04:27 PM
I hope they all find good homes....German Shepherds are beautiful animals.
Kathleen Reidy March 02, 2013 at 05:38 PM
@Tim Gillis you fill out an application on the SPCA's website. They may not be ready for adoption for awhile. We get plenty of german shepard mixes at the rescue I volunteer for. Check out: wetnoserescue.org
Jeepers63 March 02, 2013 at 07:48 PM
So sad. Stop selling pets until adopted ones have gone to homes. Pets are way to easy to come by. Everyone wants a puppy but when that stage is over, most owners don't care anymore about their pet.
Jeepers63 March 02, 2013 at 07:55 PM
Punishment needs to become much more severe.
Kathleen Reidy March 02, 2013 at 10:30 PM
Puppies are what my rescue takes in the most! People dump boxes of them in shelters on a daily basis. We work with shelters mostly in South Carolina. People always have the same excuse. Opps she got out one night and next thing I know she had puppies under the porch. Some people just wait till the shelters close and then dump them. The puppies I have now broke my heart when I first got them. They were petrified of humans and would urinate in fear. It took me two days just to coax them out of their crate. Now they run around happy and carefree. Animals are not disposable. They have feelings and they feel pain. They are silent victims of this cruel world and we need to be their voice.
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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