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UPDATE: Dog Rescued from Home with Farm Animals has Nine Puppies

Date: December 22, 2020
Incident Type:
Location: Zone 5

UPDATE: Shelter workers determined one of the three dogs confiscated on Dec. 21 was pregnant.

Shelter officials also determined the dog's birth canal was not big enough to deliver safely, so they performed an emergency c-section on Dec. 22. Nine puppies were born. Mom and the puppies are doing well.

The investigation continues.


ORIGINAL POST: Pittsburgh Police responded to a residence in Homewood for a reported assault around 7 p.m. on Dec. 21. 

When officers arrested the male suspect, he alerted Zone 5 officers to numerous animals living inside the house. Police then located numerous farm animals living in poor conditions inside the home and requested the assistance of Animal Care & Control officers. 

Animal Care & Control and the Humane Animal Rescue took possession of three dogs who were being kept outside despite cold temperatures, two goats, two pigs, four chickens, four reptiles and one scorpion. 

An investigation is ongoing. Anyone with knowledge of any animals being abused or neglected are asked to call Police or the Humane Animal Rescue.

Reporting PIO:
Maurice Matthews