Lancaster County, PA – This week, nearly two dozen dogs were seized from a breeder’s property in Gap. According to the Pennsylvania SPCA, their Humane Law Enforcement team responded after receiving a tip from the Bureau of Dog Law.
In a release, the agency specified the breeds removed from the property, writing:
21 dogs, including a Shih Tzu mom and three 2-week-old puppies, a Shih Tzu mom and four 5-week-old puppies, two adult Cavalier King Charles Spaniels, four Labrador Retrievers, a Belgian Malinois and several poodles, terrier and Shih Tzu type dogs were removed from the property.
The agency said that the dogs were living in “unsanitary conditions,” with improper shelter to maintain their body temperature in extreme cold or heat. Some of the dogs suffered from “severe matting.”
The breeder surrendered all of the dogs, who will receive veterinary care before being put up for adoption.
Julie Klim, CEO of the Pennsylvania SPCA, said:
“It is important to remember that breeding facilities like this one still exist in Pennsylvania, with mother dogs and their puppies suffering in horrific conditions. While we have made many strides in the fight against animal cruelty, it is disheartening that the demand for puppies from breeders like this continues. We implore members of the public to consider adoption when searching for a new dog. But, if they must go to a breeder, please do the proper research to find a responsible breeder, always make sure you meet your puppy’s mother and inspect their living arrangements, and report any abuse and neglect. “
Follow the shelter’s website here to learn when the dogs will be made available for adoption.
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