The Pennsylvania Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (PA SPCA) charged Sixth Angel Shepherd Rescue owner, Terry Silva with 43 counts of animal cruelty. An employee of the Marcus Hook area rescue, Samantha Kenney was charged with 28 counts. Saturday's announcement came after 28 German shepherds living in atrocious conditions were removed from the rescue in February.
On February 22, the PA SPCA served a search warrant on the West 10th St. location which also doubles as Silva's law firm. Twenty-eight German shepherds and shepherd mixes were removed from filthy living conditions. Many were sick and undernourished.
According to the PA SPCA, two of the dogs were humanely euthanized due to their poor conditions, and nine of the dogs tested positive for heart worms. One dog has since been adopted, and the other dogs have been transferred to other rescues or are now in foster care.
“This case was especially egregious given that Silva was supposed to be operating a rescue organization,” said Jerry Buckley, CEO of the Pennsylvania SPCA. “It is only because of our supporters that the Humane Law Enforcement department is able to tackle such difficult situations of animal cruelty and continue to save lives.”
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