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BCSPCA Wins Custody of Cats Rescued from Massive Doylestown Hoarding Case

In a major win for the animals, the Bucks County SPCA has been awarded ownership of the cats and kittens rescued on May 7, 2019 from a Doylestown property rented by Lori Romanisko. At the time of their removal from the overcrowded filthy conditions in the townhome, 59 cats were found deceased, and 141 living cats were all in need of immediate medical attention. Some even required emergency surgery by the BCSPCA veterinary team.

Bootsie was held in protective custody since May 7 until he was finally able to be adopted on October 3!

While the BCSPCA was initially able to negotiate surrender of some cats, the owner then refused to relinquish nearly half of the animals. The organization filed a civil action against Romanisko under Pennsylvania’s Costs of Care Act to expedite adoption of the cats still held in protective custody. Unreimbursed costs to the organization had mounted to $57,543 by the time of the ruling on August 26. Romanisko failed to pay the ordered costs; therefore, ownership of the cats was automatically transferred to the BCSPCA.

“The importance of this ruling cannot be overstated,” said Executive Director Linda Reider. “While we may never see a dollar of this judgement, we are thrilled that these resilient cats who languished so long in horrendous conditions can now live free of pain and suffering in homes of their own. We ask our community to step forward now and adopt these deserving cats.”

Reider and her team are deeply grateful to pro bono counselors Joann Lytle, Ashley Turner and Allison Morrissey of McCarter & English, LLP, who filed the civil action. Lytle, lead counsel for the BCSPCA, said “our firm is privileged to represent the Bucks County SPCA in animal cruelty cases like this one, and we admire the hard work and dedication of the Bucks County SPCA staff, who rescue animals from unspeakable conditions and give them an opportunity for a better life.”

This is the third time the BCSPCA has used the Costs of Care Act to expedite the adoption of animals rescued from animal cruelty cases. The District Attorney’s office filed criminal animal cruelty charges against Romanisko, which remain pending.

54 Cats Still Need Homes

As of October 7, 90 cats and kittens from the case have been adopted with another 54 (including kittens born in care) available now or in the near future from the organization’s shelters in Lahaska and Quakertown. About 20 of the remaining cats will be adopted out as working cats, meaning they are better suited for active lifestyles in a barn, greenhouse or similar setting in need of natural rodent control.

Working Cat Adoption Event – October 12 & 13

Adopters are encouraged to act now and adopt one or more working cats this month to help the animals settle into place before the onset of cold weather. Adoption donations for working cats are waived through October 31 and a Working Cat Adoption Event is scheduled for noon-3:00 on October 12 and 13 at both BCSPCA locations.

Barn Bash raises almost $100,00 for animals in need

Thank you to everyone who attended our sold out Barn Bash event on September 8! The Bucks County SPCA raised almost $100,000 for our animals! Many thanks to our generous sponsors, staff, volunteers, our animal adopter spotlights, our incredible host: Durham Hill Farm, and all those who contributed their time and talents to help make this event such a great success. Our special adopter guests included: Emily and her rescue duck, Baby Hobbs, and Tina with her rescue pup, Snow. Banh Mi, the goat is from a recent rescue case in Pipersville and enjoyed the attention from his many fans. A wonderful time was had by all and we even had one of our adoptable kittens find their new forever home. Thank you again for making this an unforgettable event filled with love and support for the animals. ❤️

Unlikely friends: Waffles and Hemingway

Bucks County SPCA’s most famous best buddies are melting hearts around the globe.

 

Waffles the mini-horse and Hemingway the goose were rescued by our humane officers in July. The pair let us know right from the start that they are bonded friends not to be separated. While recovering in our comfortable barn in Quakertown, they were featured in a playful video about their unique inter-species friendship. The story has gone viral online (170,000+ views) and on television.

 

From Good Morning America to NPR to Canadian national television, Waffles and Hemingway have brought smiles to countless faces and shone a spotlight on the important work of animal rescue and sheltering. Shelters like the Bucks County SPCA are not just about saving cats and dogs, but a broad variety of animals in need.

Reward for Information on Abandoned Dog in Falls Township

The Bucks County SPCA is investigating the abandonment of a small terrier-mix dog suffering from severe matting and painful ear and eye infections. The dog was reportedly found in a plastic bin on the side of Business Route 1 in Falls Township and taken to a nearby Banfield Pet Hospital on August 5, 2019.

Thankfully, little Frodo, as named by the BCSPCA staff, is now safe in our care and being treated by our veterinary team. His heavily matted fur has been shaved and he is receiving medication to treat his infections. Frodo has a long road ahead before he will be available for adoption by a family who will give him the love he deserves.

Abandonment of animals is a crime in Pennsylvania. We encourage anyone with information about Frodo – or any animal suffering from neglect or abuse in Bucks County – to contact our cruelty investigation team at 215-794-7425 or reportcruelty@bcspca.org. Donations to the BCSPCA’s Animal Relief Fund will help cover costs associated with Frodo’s recovery.

BCSPCA Welcomes Hundreds of Visitors to Open House and has Banner Adoption Day

The Bucks County SPCA welcomed more than 250 visitors to its Quakertown shelter Open House on Saturday, June 22. Old friends and new came to tour the shelter, including a behind-the-scenes look at the clinic where thousands of animals receive lifesaving care each year. A variety of animal alums adopted from the SPCA’s two shelters were also in attendance. Maisy the rescued Golden Retriever served as canine greeter in the lobby. Rusty the Macaw accompanied Vicky from Feathered Sanctuary. He and several other birds, cats and dogs were rescued by BCSPCA in 2017 and several of the birds were placed with Feathered Sanctuary in Lancaster. Even BunBun the rabbit with his new pal Trouble toured the shelter in the comfort and safety of their own stroller.

In addition to children’s activities, raffle baskets and shelter tours – it was an excellent adoption day with 16 deserving pets going home with new families. Tri-girl is a King Charles Spaniel who quickly won the heart of her adopter. She is one of 22 small breed dogs rescued in May by BCPSCA from a local breeder who kept the animals in poor conditions. Nine of the little dogs have already been adopted and 3 were placed with breed-specific rescues. The remaining dogs are in foster care or continuing to receive medical treatment before being made available for adoption. All available kittens from our foster program were adopted on Saturday, as well as one of many available barn cats. The SPCA rescued 140 cats and kittens from a home in Doylestown in May. While some will make excellent companions, many of these animals are better suited for a more independent lifestyle as a working cat in a greenhouse, barn or workshop. There is an urgent need to place these cats because both shelters are running at maximum capacity. Now is a great time to add a working cat to your property with adoption fees for barn cats waived through Labor Day.

The 2019 Open House event raised nearly $12,000 to help homeless pets in Bucks County. BCSPCA appreciates the support of Top Dog event sponsor Penn Community Bank and every sponsor and volunteer who made the day a success for the animals. As a locally-supported, independent nonprofit, the organization relies on the generous support of animal-loving individuals and businesses to keep its doors open 365 days a year. You are always welcome at the shelters in Quakertown and Lahaska. The SPCA is an excellent place to adopt a new pet, get your cat neutered, or give back by volunteering or donating to help the animals.

BCSPCA saves 22 dogs from filthy conditions

Just days after taking in 140+ cats from a hoarding situation in Doylestown, the Bucks County SPCA cruelty investigation team today removed 22 small dogs from the home of a Bucks County breeder. The animals were being kept in filthy conditions. The dogs have been transported to our shelter in Quakertown and are now safe in our care. The next steps are examination of each animal by our veterinary team and following up with cruelty charges against the dog breeder. The breeder has surrendered the dogs to the Bucks County SPCA which means that we will be able to place them for adoption after they are evaluated, healthy, and neutered.

Our two shelters are now running at maximum capacity behind the scenes. Staff and volunteers are working long hours to provide excellent care for all of the animals from both cases. The community can help these animals recover by making a financial donation to the BCSPCA Animal Relief Fund. We will provide updates on social media as the court cases proceed and these animals become available for adoption. As always, watch our online listing on our website to view pets currently available for adoption. We appreciate the strong support of our community in response to large cases like these.

Bucks County SPCA Humane Police Officers rescue nearly 100 sick cats in Doylestown

BREAKING NEWS: Bucks County SPCA Humane Police Officers are today removing nearly 100 sick cats and kittens from a townhome in Doylestown. The animals have been living in terrible conditions and many are in need of immediate medical treatment. They are being transported to our shelter in Lahaska where our veterinary team is waiting to examine them and begin addressing the most critical medical needs. Stay tuned for details. Donate now to the Bucks County SPCA’s Animal Relief Fund to help us provide care for these suffering animals. http://www.bcspca.org/donate-online/

BCSPCA Welcomes Two New Humane Officers

Sean Reifsnyder, Judge Raymond McHugh and Kate Hogan at the Bucks County Courthouse.

The Bucks County SPCA announces the addition of two new Humane Society Police Officers to its cruelty investigation department. Katherine Hogan and Sean Reifsnyder were sworn in on August 3rd, 2018 at the Bucks County Courthouse in Doylestown. Both have been staff members of the BCSPCA for more than two years. Additionally, the pair completed the state-mandated certification classes in Harrisburg and State College and have had extensive on-the-job training with BCSPCA Chief Humane Society Police Officer, Nikki Thompson. Katherine has a degree in Criminal Justice and Sean brings years of experience in animal behavior and training. Private donors and a grant from Upper Bucks Sertoma Club made their advanced training and certification possible.
“It’s been an absolute pleasure for me working with the Bucks County SPCA over the past three years. Having two new humane officers in the county will greatly enhance our collective goal to prevent cruelty to animals and prosecute those who abuse animals in Bucks County,” Robert James, Assistant District Attorney.
So far this year, the BCSPCA team has investigated 275 cruelty and neglect complaints for all types of animals throughout Bucks County. Officer Thompson estimates that they will investigate more than 500 complaints by year’s end, an increase of 20% over 2017.
“We were founded 106 years ago to prevent animal suffering specifically in Bucks County,” explained Linda Reider, BCSPCA Executive Director. “Our team spends every day either on the road or in the courtroom, righting wrongs and helping animals live better lives.”
Pennsylvania Law protects animals from neglect and cruelty. These laws may be enforced by local SPCAs, which bear all expenses of training, investigating, county proceedings, and animals’ treatment and care.
Please report any suspicions of animal abuse or neglect within Bucks County seven days a week by calling 215-794-7425.

Pro Bono team expedites legal victory and adoptions for animals rescued from Bristol hoarding case

On November 16, 2017, the Bucks County SPCA’s Chief Humane Officer, Nikki Thompson, obtained a search warrant in response to a report of animal hoarding and neglect. After finding 31 cats and 5 parrots in unsafe and unsanitary conditions in a two-bedroom apartment in Bristol Township, Officer Thompson removed the animals and transported them to the BCSPCA’s shelter for medical evaluation. A number of the animals were ill, and two cats required emergency surgery for serious medical conditions. Criminal charges were filed against the owners, who refused to surrender the animals.

Kittens born while in the care of the Bucks County SPCA brought the total number of animals to 42 that were held in protective custody pending the criminal trial, currently scheduled for August 2018. This put a tremendous strain on the BCSPCA, both in terms of space and resources, and kept the animals, who were not eligible for adoption, in limbo seven months.

Freya before.
Freya after.

On May 22, 2018, Joann Lytle and Ashley Turner of McCarter & English filed a Petition in the Court of Common Pleas of Bucks County under Pennsylvania’s recently-enacted Costs of Care of Seized Animals Act. Just 15 days after filing the petition, the Honorable Robert J. Mellon entered judgment in favor of the BCSPCA in the amount of $53,031.50, representing a portion of the BCSPCA’s out-of-pocket costs to house and provide medical care to the animals. When the owners failed to pay that amount as required by the Costs of Care Act, ownership of the seized animals automatically transferred to the BCSPCA.

After seven months in the care of the BCSPCA, these animals can now be neutered/spayed and adopted into loving homes. “We are grateful for the excellent legal representation that expedited this victory for the animals. And we’re eager to see these animals adopted into good homes as quickly as possible,” said Linda Reider, BCSPCA Executive Director. “BCSPCA has been investigating animal cruelty in Bucks County for 112 years. Our deep roots here make this kind of investigation, rescue and recovery possible. Please call 215-794-7425 if you suspect animal cruelty anywhere in Bucks County.”

Adopters can see the animals by visiting BCSPCA shelters in Lahaska and Quakertown and online here. Cats will be available for same-day adoptions. People interested in adopting one of the birds can request an application by calling 267-347-4674. Donations made this fiscal year will help defray the significant cost of caring for these animals for the past seven months. You can give securely online or send your gift to BCSPCA, PO Box 277, Lahaska, PA 18931. Thank you!

Foster Heroes Needed!

Kitten season is here and you can help!Foster kitten

Be a foster hero and help these little ones get a good start in life. We’ll provide training, support, and all the supplies. You provide the TLC. Training sessions are held monthly, moving between our two shelters in Lahaska and Quakertown. Interested? Call or email to learn more: volunteering@bcspca.org or 267-347-4674

The typical foster commitment is 2-6 weeks.

Learn more about our foster program here.

“Fostering is one of the best feelings. I love giving the kittens a good chance to grow up and be adopted into forever homes. By helping foster you are freeing up room for more rescues. A win-win!”
– BCSPCA foster volunteer