Nine German Shepherds rescued from “deplorable conditions” in Kensington home

Nine German Shepherds were rescued Wednesday after neighbors complained of weird smells wafting from a two-story row house on the 2100 block of East Tioga.
Nine German Shepherds were rescued Wednesday after neighbors complained of weird smells wafting from a two-story row house on the 2100 block of East Tioga. Photo courtesy of the Pennsylvania SPCA.

Nine German Shepherds were rescued from a Kensington home Wednesday after they were found living in “deplorable conditions,” officials said.

Pennsylvania SPCA Humane Law Enforcement Officers were alerted after local businesses and neighbors noticed odd smells wafting from the two-story row house on the 2100 block of East Tioga Street, according to SPCA spokeswoman Wendy Marano.

The group obtained a warrant and raided the property around 12:30 p.m., according to George Bengal, director of Humane Law Enforcement.

“They were living in squalor conditions,” he said.

Bengal described the house as “unlivable.” Licenses and inspections later condemned the property, he said.

“There was urine and feces everywhere,” Bengal said.  “Two or three dogs were kept in small wire cages that were ankle deep in urine and feces. It was a mess.”

The female homeowner was given nine citations. Bengal said he expects her to receive more animal cruelty charges once the SPCA veterinarians examine the dogs.

Bengal described the homeowner as having a “hoarder mentality.”

“She’s a typical hoarder, and that’s the only way you can describe it,” he said. “Lived alone in there, there was no running water in the property, make-shift electricity, there was no bathroom facilities, the house was just falling down.”


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