The PSPCA on Saturday rescued 40 animals from a Lehigh County residence where they were living without access to food or water, they announced.
Thirty dead chickens were found on the same property, the PSPCA said, and 2 chickens, four quails, three cats and a rabbit were removed by PSPCA Humane Law Enforcement officers.
A concerned neighbor contacted the PSPCA to alert them to animals being neglected on the residence in Schnecksville, Pennsylvania.
The surviving animals are being treated at the PSPCA's Philly headquarters.
It's the second time in a month the PSPCA has removed a large number of animals from hazardous conditions.
Fifteen dogs and two cats were removed from a "filthy" home in Holmesburg just a week ago.
"In a very short timeframe, the Pennsylvania SPCA has had two cases involving large numbers of animals. We are the only animal welfare organization in the region equipped to handle cases involving such a high volume,” PSPCA CEO Jerry Buckley said in a statement. “We are the advocate for all animals throughout the region, including Lehigh County, expanding beyond dogs and cats to the health and well-being of chickens, rabbits and more.”
The animals removed from the home will remain with the PSPCA until the case is adjudicated.
The owner of the residence where the animals were found was not identified and formal charges were not announced. The investigation is ongoing, the PSPCA said.