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August 25, 2023

Bucks County SPCA rescues 33 cats, 3 dogs from 'filthy' hotel room

The animals will be put up for adoption once they recover, officials said. Charges against their owner are pending

Investigations Animal Cruelty
Bucks SPCA Hotel Rescue Bucks County SPCA/Facebook

The Bucks County SCPA rescued three dogs and 33 cats, including the one above, from a hotel room in Feasterville-Trevose on Thursday. One of the cats had a severe uterine infection.

The Bucks County SPCA rescued 33 cats and three large dogs from a crowded hotel room that was littered with urine and feces and had a strong smell of ammonia. 

The hotel, located in Feasterville-Trevose, contacted the SPCA after staffers discovered the animals during a routine room inspection. The SPCA's law enforcement team found the animals roaming freely around the "filthy" room, the SPCA said.

Officers served the animals' owner with a warrant upon arriving at the hotel, and brought the pets to SPCA's shelter in Lahaska, where staff assessed their medical needs. One of the cats had pyometra, a severe uterine infection. 

The animals have been surrendered to the SPCA and will remain in its care while they recover and until they can be placed for adoption. Charges against the owner are pending, officials said.

"The large influx of animals puts a strain on busy shelters," Linda Reider, executive director of the Bucks County SPCA, said on Facebook. "Summer is our peak season with many lost pets and kittens being brought in each week. Our staff are putting in long hours to ensure each animal is comfortable and well cared for. The community can help by adopting available pets from both shelters to make room for new arrivals." 

People who want to help the rescued animals recover can donate to the Bucks County SPCA's Animal Relief Fund. Donations of Tidy Cat non-clumping litter also are welcome. They can be dropped off or shipped to shelters in Lahaska or Quakertown. 

In December, the SPCA removed 14 cats from an apartment in Perkasie following an eviction. Later, SPCA officials learned that the owner moved with 37 other cats, including a mother and her newborn kittens. The owner agreed to surrender all 51 cats to the organization's Quakertown shelter.

In May 2022, the SPCA rescued 20 sick cats and one large dog from a mobile home in Richland Township that had extremely unsanitary conditions. Officials said in hoarding situations, animals can suffer for long periods of time because they are unable to change their circumstances. 

Those who suspect animals in Bucks County being neglected, hoarded or abused can contact the Bucks County SPCA's tip line at (844) 772-2847 or report suspected animal cruelty on its website.