20 dogs removed from ‘unsanitary conditions’


Twenty dogs were removed from a Lancaster County property after a search warrant was executed due to unsanitary conditions, lack of veterinary care, and a lack of shelter and access to water, the Pennsylvania SPCA said.

Humane law enforcement officers were acting on a tip when they searched the property in Ephrata Township on Thursday. Officers described the property as an unlicensed kennel.

The dogs included six puppies and were of various mastiff, Doberman pinscher, and Catahoula leopard-type breeds.

The dogs were taken to Pennsylvania SPCA facilities in Lancaster and Philadelphia for veterinary examination and care and will be available for adoption in the coming days.

The investigation is ongoing and charges are pending.

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