A dozen neglected animals rescued from unsanitary conditions in Shamokin

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SHAMOKIN, NORTHUMBERLAND COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU-TV) — A dozen cats and dogs are now in the care of the PSPCA after officers found them living in filth inside an RV Wednesday.

It was parked behind an apartment building in Shamokin. A tip called in to officials led to the gruesome discovery.

“They were found in pretty awful conditions. There were crates stacked on each other, all of the dogs were covered in feces and urine. It looked like they had been abandoned. One dog was running loose. All of them are pretty dirty, they’re in need of baths,” PSPCA Danville site director Kristen Szwast said.

Officials say the odor from the RV was so pungent, respirators had to be worn during the rescue. Three dogs and three cats were transported to the PSPCA’s Lancaster Center and six dogs were brought to the PSPCA’s Danville Center. Site Director Kristen Szwast says the pups were vet checked Thursday and are doing well.

“Our vet today did all of the forensic exams, so we’re really excited to bathe them and see their personalities blossom,” Szwast said.

After Bella Sue, Diesel, Elliot, Annabelle, Opie and Ox get cleaned up, Szwast says they’re going on a feeding schedule and will undergo basic obedience training. All to prepare them for their new homes.

“We have the largest database in the state of Pennsylvania for cruelty and neglect, so all of our adopters are screened thoroughly. Our adoption counselors do an amazing job of matching everybody with an appropriate dog, so I have high hopes that all these kids will be adopted out in no time,” Szwast said.

The PSPCA relies on the community to alert authorities about possible cases of animal cruelty.

“Leave an anonymous tip on our hotline and we can get officers out there to investigate,” Szwast said.

The Shamokin Police Department assisted the PSPCA with the rescue. The investigation is ongoing, and charges are pending the conclusion of the full investigation.

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