PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — The Pennsylvania SPCA Director of Humane Law Enforcement, George Bengal died on Saturday, June 18, at the age of 69. He died at Holy Redeemer Hospital in Jenkintown, PA, with his wife, Carole, and daughter Lisa at his bedside.

Family said Bengal spent his life fighting for the justice of others. After his service in Vietnam, Bengal started his career as a Philadelphia police officer and ultimately spending 20 years advocating for animals as a Humane Law Enforcement leader. He and his teams have saved thousands of animals, brought hundreds of criminals to justice, and been the voice for the voiceless.

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Under his leadership, the PSPCA’s force has grown into one of the country’s largest and most respected Humane Law Enforcement teams.

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Responding to his request, the Pennsylvania SPCA established The Bengal Fund to End Animal Cruelty. All funds raised will be dedicated to Humane Law Enforcement and the continuation and betterment of George’s team.

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He often said while battling cancer, it was not about him. Rather, it was about the public stepping up to ensure that Humane Law Enforcement continues in Pennsylvania.