BOLIVAR (KDKA) — Westmoreland County humane officers removed dozens of animals from a vacant trailer in Bolivar Friday. Some of the animals had basic shelter, but nothing else.
“You cant survive without water. Food yes, for a while, but not water,” said Cyndi Price with the Humane Society of Westmoreland County.
Humane officers say that was the situation for the animals discovered abandoned at the residence on State Route 259.
“About 17 chickens, three dogs and a cat,” Price said. “No food, no water, dirty bowls.”
Pictures taken of the dogs, show on one nails so long the dog had problems walking. One of the cats was in desperate shape as well.
“We were able to get there in time before it became critical,” Price said.
More than a dozen chickens as well, the caretaker of the property apparently misled humane officers.
Price: She told me they went up there every day.
KDKA’s Ross Guidotti: Any indication that was the case?
Price: None. None.
The accommodations for the cats and dogs have improved dramatically. They are all now at the Humane Society of Westmoreland County.
“We got them here get them vetted, spayed and neutered,” Price said. “We’ll get them in some better places.”
No word on if anyone will be face animal cruelty charges. What is known is the chickens are now on a nearby farm, and the dogs and cats face a brighter future.