Animal welfare workers seize 55 dogs, puppies from home

This photo provided by Pennsylvania SPCA shows two dogs that were rescued in Philadelphia on Wednesday, Sept. 4, 2019. Animal welfare authorities say 55 dogs and puppies were rescued from a Pennsylvania home Wednesday, after they received a call about unsanitary conditions there. The officers removed 22 Cane Corsos, 16 French bulldogs, 13 Border Collies, three Pomeranian-husky mixes and a Doberman Pinscher from the property in Lancaster County, about 60 miles west of Philadelphia. (Gillian Kocher/Pennsylvania SPCA via AP)

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Animal welfare authorities say 55 dogs and puppies were rescued from a Pennsylvania home after they received a call about unsanitary conditions there.

The officers removed 22 cane corsos, 16 French bulldogs, 13 border collies, three Pomeranian-husky mixes and a Doberman pinscher from the property in Lancaster County, about 60 miles west of Philadelphia.

Officials with the Pennsylvania Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals say many of the rescued dogs were suffering from upper respiratory infections and at least one puppy has pneumonia.

All the puppies will be quarantined at the PSPCA in Philadelphia for at least two weeks as they recover.

Julie Klim, CEO of the PSPCA, says "it is a sobering reminder to the public to do their homework before purchasing an animal. This proprietor marketed animals on a website that showed dogs living in beautiful environments that were not remotely reflective" of the actual conditions.

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