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Levittown Neighbors Outraged Over Dogs Left Outside

A spokesperson with the SPCA said the situation is under investigation and that the outdoor shelter for the five dogs meet lawful standards.

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Levittown residents have expressed outrage on social media and with local authorities after seeing a home in the Twin Oaks section with five dogs chained outside while the entire Philadelphia region has been engulfed in freezing temperatures.

"The Dogs are neglected and abused, undernourished and underfed, the water is frozen and they are outside 24/7," reads a post that has been shared several times amongst local Facebook users.  "These dogs will die soon if help is not given. They are chained in a back yard where they are hard to see outside the fence, but they are there, dying now."

According to a spokesperson with the Bucks County SPCA, investigators have visited the home Tuesday and Wednesday morning and spoken with the pet owners.  While the situation looks dangerous and harmful, the dogs are healthy, well-fed and their outdoor shelters meet veterinarian standards. Each dog has its own doghouse that is elevated off the ground, enclosed and containing enough blankets to maintain warm body temperatures.

"We have received numerous calls about this family over the past 24 hours," said Nikki Thompson. "While this is not a situation that we recommend, the dogs are lively, have decent shelter and show no signs of danger. It is legal to have outdoor dogs as long as their shelters meet the standards."

Middletown police have also been notified and have visited the home, Thompson said. If the dogs had been in danger of dying or close to death, the SPCA would be authorized to take them into custody.

"If it looks like the animal can wait the two to three hours it takes to get a search warrant, we will get the proper paperwork," said Thompson. "If it appears the animal is on the verge of death right there, we can take it at the same time we are applying for the search warrants. That has happened only one time since I have been with the SPCA, with a starving pit bull. We saved it and it survived."

Thompson said this has not been the first time the SPCA has been notified about this particular family and its dogs. They have visited the home numerous times over the past several years investigating claims of neglect.

"Every time we go out, they take the dogs to the vet and correct the situation," sad Thompson.
Ellen McClarren January 09, 2014 at 07:32 AM
What the hell is wrong with people? Unless those blankets are heated those dogs shouldn't be outside! It was down to 2 degrees with a windchill factor of -18! How about putting the owners outside 24/7 to see how it feels! If you can't care for a dog properly, then don't have one, let alone 5!!!!! They deserve to be part of the family and kept inside even if it is just overnight. Friggin idiots!
Steve Cickay January 09, 2014 at 09:31 AM
Exactly. How would the owners like sleeping on those "warm and comfortable" blankets outside while the wind howls during an Arctic polar vortex? Get those cute loving doggies inside now! No chains either!
Maryanne Boyle January 09, 2014 at 06:33 PM
shame on those people no animals should be out in cold when 1 degree
Maryann January 10, 2014 at 07:05 AM
5 dogs chained? That alone makes a dog vicious and crazy. These people are evil
Ellen McClarren January 10, 2014 at 08:59 AM
I just can't believe this is perfectly legal! I'm sure those dogs don't have water because I know my bird bath freezes in less than an hour! The laws need to be changed when it comes to standards for housing a dog. This is ridiculous! These people have no heart and don't deserve to have a dog!
Sheila Wakowski January 13, 2014 at 01:41 PM
People should have to take an IQ test before they can adopt or buy a pet. Actually, pet stores and the sale of pets should be completely banned. There are millions of pets being put down everyday because nobody adopts them.

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