UPDATE, June 24: We’re so grateful for the outpouring of support to help the animals seized from an Upper Oxford home last Wednesday. We ultimately removed the 25 animals we reported plus 12 fish and a frog subsequently. The removal of these animals was the result of ongoing work by our team and the State Police, and we have several positive updates to share on the case.
All of the animals received immediate veterinary care upon arrival, including exotic specialists for those animals. The condition of the animals ranged widely, but all were in sufficient state to get any follow-on treatment at our shelter.
We’re happy to report that all of the exotics, all of the cats, and most of the dogs have been surrendered to the BVSPCA. It has been determined that the best next step would be for them to continue their recovery with forever families, where they can enjoy a quiet and loving environment to transition. In the case of the exotics, they need experienced families, and we already have quite a list of people who reached out based on the initial case announcements. The dogs and cats will go up for adoption as they’re ready, with a few being available tomorrow (Tuesday, June 25th).
Necropsy results for the deceased animals are pending. Our team was still working on the scene when we first reported about the remains, so we want to clarify the remains removed were of a rabbit, a chicken, and a hog.
Our officers, in collaboration with Pennsylvania State Police, are preparing the charges the homeowner will face. We’ll keep you posted. In the meantime, thank you for all your good wishes and support to help these animals move to a new phase of their lives!
BVSPCA Removes 25 Live Animals and the Remains of Several Others from Deplorable Conditions at an Oxford Residence
The BVSPCA joined Pennsylvania State Troopers at a residence in Oxford, PA, where 25 animals were suffering in deplorable conditions. Our officers removed 25 live animals and the remains of several more animals. Pennsylvania State Police had received a request for a child welfare check about juveniles playing in the road and reached out to the BVSPCA after discovering animals in poor condition at the property.
The animals were found in a main house, which appears to be no longer inhabited, in a trailer that appeared to serve as the primary residence, and outside on the property. Our officers found the animals living in poor conditions, with improper tethering, lack of sustenance, and lack of veterinary care. The animals range in condition, with several needing medical attention.
The live animals include eight dogs, eight cats, two snakes, two rats, two bearded dragons, one pig, one rabbit, and one tarantula. They were immediately transported to our West Chester Campus to receive medical care. They will remain in our care under protective custody pending next steps in the cruelty investigation.
Our officers also removed the remains of several animals, including one pig, two dogs, one rabbit, and several cats. The remains will be sent for necropsies to determine the cause of death.
“We appreciate the collaboration with the State Troopers to bring us in to rescue these animals from suffering in deplorable conditions and to pursue justice for the ones that passed away,” said Adam Lamb, BVSPCA Chief Executive Officer.
These animals will need medical care and a big dose of kindness to help them recover from all they’ve experienced. Please join us in helping these animals by making a donation today.