PSPCA Officers Rescue Emaciated Dogs From North Philadelphia Home

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – The pit bull chained to a fence and sitting in a backyard full of trash in North Philadelphia looked like it had not eaten in days – its bones visible through its skin. The PSPCA says this dog was in far better shape than the other one that was found.

“It was buried,” said George Bengal, of the Pennsylvania Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, “literally buried alive in the trash.”

The First Judicial Court Warrant Officers were the first to show up at the scene, serving a warrant for aggravated assault. They arrested a 41-year-old woman and found the dogs in the backyard.

“The dog that was buried looked like it hadn’t eaten in weeks, and it was skin over bones,” said Bengal.

Piles of trash stacked up in the backyard. Inside, the PSPCA says they found fleas, parasites, and a cat that was also starving. Neighbors have a name for the house.

“It’s called the dirty house,” said one woman who did not want to be identified. “Everyone knows that.”

Eric Smallwood, Senior, 34, and his son, 19-year-old Eric, Jr. were cited for animal cruelty and the PSPCA says at least three more people will get citations. Authorities say they even found drugs in the house.

The PSPCA took all the animals out of the house for treatment. The pit bulls came out with their tails wagging. They say the animals should recover and be just fine after they get some food.

The investigation into the drugs is ongoing.

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  • Dee

    Couldn’t agree more with both of you.. People knew what was going on there, as this is happening in other parts of the city… I am at a loss for words that each and every day people see animals whimpering in pain, hungry , fearful, sad, suffering unspeakable abuse and living in ungodly conditions and action isn’t taken?
    Sometimes takes more than a phone call, perhaps time that we physically take action and get them out of a dangerous situation

  • pittyluv

    dont know if i can believe that they got the dogs a wk ago. if so why did they put them in the trash??? did they also get the cat a wk ago? if they truely got them a wk ago they would have had proof they dogs are under a vets care and not in the trash!!

  • Shay

    Yall need 2 mind yall business they got those dogs 1 week ago and they were trying 2 get the dogs in better condition but when the cops came it made it seem like they abandoned the dogs.So dont go by what yall hear get the correct story first.

    • Dee

      You wouldn’t happen to be an animal abuser would you? Ending suffering and protecting our animal companions is everyone’s business. We all need to be involved. Shame on you . I am certain you are aware of alot of this despicable behavior that goes on ..

    • Robert

      Speak english you savage.

  • Zippity

    The neighbors complain about the smell and the “dirty house”. Pick up your phone you idiots!!!!! They are just as disgusting as the people who lived inside the house.
    No Excuses. You are all disgusting.

  • petluvr

    Totally agree, Zippity. This doesn’t happen overnight. Those animals suffered and people looked the other way. We have to speak up for them and protect them.

  • Zippity

    WTH is wrong with the neighbors? They didn’t notice that were dogs starving in the yard? It is a simple thing to call the SPCA and anonymously report the abuse. All they need is an address. Shame on everyone that knew and did nothing.

    • Sara

      We live in a sad world, where people only care about themselves :( In my eyes, animals, especially dogs, are so much better than a lot of people.
      I am sorry for this poor dog, but hopefully they’ll find him a happy forever home!
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