32 animals seized in Seaford, Delaware

GEORGETOWN, DE (October 10, 2017) – The Brandywine Valley SPCA (BVSPCA) took 31 dogs and one cat into its care on Sunday, October 8, 2017, following their seizure by Delaware Animal Services (DAS) at a residence in Seaford, Delaware. Following a tip about a property with neglected animals in the Seaford area, DAS executed a search warrant on Sunday and found approximately 43 dead dogs and took into custody another 32 animals, including 31 dogs and a cat. The 32 surviving animals were transferred into the care of the BVSPCA at the scene.

Of the animals seized, five dogs in stable condition were immediately transferred to the BVSPCA Georgetown Campus for evaluation and care, and the BVSPCA took 27 severely ill animals for emergency veterinary care, where one had to be euthanized. All surviving animals are now being cared for at the BVSPCA Georgetown Campus.

The investigation is ongoing and charges are forthcoming from the Delaware Office of Animal Welfare (OAW). Meanwhile, the animals will receive ongoing care at the BVSPCA Georgetown Campus. All suffer severe emaciation, along with other medical issues resulting from their neglect.

The dogs include a variety of small dog breeds, such as Bichon Frise, Shih-Tzu, Pekingese and terriers, along with two standard poodles. They range in age from two to ten years old.

“Conditions at the property were horrific,” said Adam Lamb, BVSPCA CEO. “It’s remarkable to see how friendly and trusting these dogs remain after everything they’ve been through. We’re doing everything in our power to help them recover and hope to have the opportunity to help them find loving forever families.”

The BVSPCA asks for the community’s help meeting the significant cost of medical care for the survivors.  Donations can be made by mail to: Brandywine Valley SPCA, 22918 Dupont Boulevard, Georgetown, DE 19947 or by clicking the link below.

About the Brandywine Valley SPCA

Founded in 1929, the Brandywine Valley SPCA is the first open admission shelter in Pennsylvania to achieve No Kill status and serves as the only open admission shelter in both Chester and Delaware Counties. In 2015, the BVSPCA opened its first Animal Health Center in Malvern, Pennsylvania, making veterinary care more accessible to local residents. In 2016, the BVSPCA took on a five-year contract with the Delaware Office of Animal Welfare to provide state-wide animal services, and expanded its reach further into the tri-state area by opening both a second shelter and a second Animal Health Center in New Castle County, Delaware. Shortly after, a PetSmart Everyday Adoption Center was opened in Dover, Delaware. Its mission is to put the “human” back in humane animal treatment and to advocate on their behalf. Each year, the BVSPCA cares for more than 10,000 stray, owner-surrendered, wayward owned, and abused and neglected animals. For more information, please visit

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