BEDFORD, Pa. – Pennsylvania State Police have provided new details about the discovery of over 90 animals in concerning conditions at a home in Bedford County.
In late December, law enforcement and several humane societies responded to reports of animal cruelty at a residence on Old Route 220 in Bedford. Upon arrival, police discovered more than 90 dogs living in substandard conditions, with an overwhelming smell of feces and numerous animals in distress.
After making contact with the homeowners, an 82-year-old male and 62-year-old female, police learned that there were conflicting reports regarding the number of dogs residing in the house. Subsequently, it was determined that 90 dogs, 8 cats, and a turtle were removed from the property, with multiple animal carcasses found inside the residence.
Responding organizations, including Olde Bedford Vet Clinic, Brackenridge Veterinary, Central PA Humane Society, and Bedford Humane Society, worked tirelessly to remove the animals from the home and provide them with necessary care. Joe Zolna, Board President of the Central PA Humane Society, described the scene as the worst he had witnessed during his time working with the organization, emphasizing the urgent need for assistance to support the rescued animals.
At this time, the Bedford County Humane Society has issued a request for blankets, towels, and financial support to aid in caring for the dogs. Monetary donations can be made through their website.
An ongoing investigation is in place to address the circumstances and conditions that led to the mistreatment of these animals. The details provided by Pennsylvania State Police shed light on the dire situation, reaffirming the need for support from the community to ensure the well-being of the rescued animals.