MAHANOY CITY, Pa. -- There’s been yet another case where animals had to be rescued from a home due to neglect and overcrowding in Schuylkill County.
The Hillside SPCA says its officers took 18 dogs from a house in Mahanoy City, and it’s the third time officers have removed animals from homes in less than a week.
“The front here, where it's all matted. That's like if someone was pulling your hair 24 hours a day, constantly having your hair pulled,” said Trisha Moyer-Mentzer, the director of the Hillside SPCA.
“And then the back of his ear, he's missing his hair,” added a volunteer.
Members with the Hillside SPCA near Pottsville point out the ailments some dogs are facing after being rescued from a home on West Mahanoy Street in Mahanoy City.
They are among 18 dogs seized by the SPCA that are suffering from neglect.
“One dog is totally blind and she just circles. A lot of dogs don't have any fur. They're missing fur. They have mammary tumors. They're just not in the best conditions. All the dogs were living in crates in the house,” said Moyer-Mentzer.
This is the third time in less than a week Hillside took animals from a home. Last Wednesday officers took 30 dogs and cats from a home near Hegins. The day before, animals were taken from a house of filth in Mahanoy Township.
In this latest rescue, the dogs' owner told the SPCA he had been keeping the dogs to make money.
“He was actually breeding the dogs to sell them for money. That's how he said he makes a living because he's on disability,” said Moyer-Mentzer.
A Mahanoy City police officer as well as the code officer helped the SPCA remove the dogs from the home.
“They removed a bunch of dogs out of the house. I don't know what happened to the people after that, but the cops were down here and everything and they were investigating. They took the animals out,” said neighbor Jim Oslar.
Police say the water had been shut off at the house, and the people living there can't return until it's turned back on.
As for Hillside, rescuing all those animals in a short amount of time has put the shelter over capacity.
“They had to make some makeshift kennels to house the dogs in the small dog building,” said humane officer Rick Merwine.
According to the Ruth Steiner Memorial SPCA near Pine Grove, it has taken in nine of the 18 dogs rescued by Hillside.