UPDATE: Two dogs and one cat were removed from what had been known as “the dirty house” on the 2600 block of N 23rd St.
It was while rescuing the partially buried, emaciated dog (Rocket) that whimpering was heard from the “mountain of trash” under which another starving dog (Phoenix) was found. Phoenix was unable to walk yesterday but was able to move around a bit more today.
Both dogs and cat are doing well reports PSPCA staff. They are all sweet and will be looking for homes in a few weeks.
According to a press release made last night by the PSPCA, authorities arrived at a home in Philadelphia for an unrelated incident; however, what was found there required Humane Law Enforcement to be called to the scene.
What was found: Two emaciated dogs buried in 4 feet of trash.
It is reported that both dogs were pit-bull mixes, a male and a female. The male is said to have been found starving, chained to a fence, and partially buried in the back yard. The female was buried underneath the 4 foot pile of trash.
The female was placed on life support last night but both dogs are expected to survive and go up for adoption.
The family living in the home will all be charged with cruelty to animals. Two arrests have been made and authorities are still searching for the remaining 3 suspects.
Let us hope that the media’s rabid appetite for reporting dog-related incidents involving pit-bulls carries this story far, although it is not their usual flavor. Animal cruelty and neglect are heinous crimes. Laws should protect our community and mete out appropriate punishments for those who commit crimes against humanity. Laws should not make it harder for those who are willing and able to care for those who need it.