UPDATE: NBC10 reported there were 5 dogs and 2 puppies removed from the basement. Fox News reported there were 5 dogs removed from the basement - 3 adult dogs and 2 puppies. Also Fox News states that a local rescue group placed the call to the PSPCA. We have since learned that it was Justice Rescue. We'd like to thank them for their involvement.
Pennsylvania SPCA Humane Law Enforcement officers responded to a call about an emaciated dog Friday, October 25, on the 2100 block of S. 22nd Street in Philadelphia.
The 4-year-old pit bull was tied to a pole and close to death in the backyard of a home. The dog was immediately rushed to the PSPCA shelter hospital but sadly died on the way there.
Three adult dogs and two puppies were found in poor condition in the basement, locked in small cages without food or water and surrounded by the stench of feces and urine. These dogs were taken to the PSPCA for evaluation.
The dogs’ owners, 30-year-old Miller Pitz and his girlfriend, 44-year-old Karlin Johnson, were arrested and will be charged with the death of one dog and five counts of unsanitary confinement.
"At first I thought this was a breeding situation, but it appears these were just pets," said Director of Humane Law Enforcement, George Bengal. "That individual that was just arrested wasn't taking care of them."
According to 6abc.com, Pitt was given a warning last year by the PSPCA. Now he will face misdemeanor animal cruelty charges.
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