PHILADELPHIA - The rescue of dozens of dogs from a property near the border between Berks and Lancaster counties last month has resulted in dozens of animal cruelty charges being filed against the property's owner.
The Pennsylvania SPCA and Lancaster County detectives executed a warrant Friday for the arrest of Seth Lins of Narvon, Lancaster County, on 84 counts of animal cruelty, including seven felony counts, officials said.
"Today, the Pennsylvania SPCA has fulfilled its promise, bringing to account the individual responsible for the suffering of numerous dogs and puppies," said Nicole Wilson, the PSPCA's director of humane law enforcement. "We are grateful for the continued support of the Lancaster County district attorney's office and look forward to the day the remaining dogs in our care are able to find loving homes."
The charges against Lins come five weeks after the PSPCA's humane law enforcement team rescued 55 dogs and puppies from his property over concerns for unsanitary conditions and untreated medical conditions.
Many of the dogs, officials said, were found to be suffering from severe respiratory infections, and at least one of them required surgery due to an infection related to pneumonia.
All but one of the rescued dogs have since been adopted. The remaining dog required eye surgery and is still in the process of recovering.