Same headline, different dog.
The plot lines never seem to change.
A young pit bull mix is struggling for life at the Pennsylvania SPCA after being seized a week ago from a northeast Philadelphia home.
The dog "Santa Paws," was described by humane officers as "severely emaciated" when he was removed from the basement in the 3400 block of Morrell St.
He remains in critical condition, and animal cruelty charges have been filed against owner Jeffery Collins.
Here's how the PSPCA and its emergency veterinary partners at Penn Vet sprung into action to save Santa Paws:
Responding to an anonymous tip, a PSPCA Humane Law Enforcement Officer found the dog in desperate need of care and rushed him to the PSPCA shelter hospital for urgent medical treatment. He was transferred to the University of Pennsylvania’s emergency veterinary facility for overnight treatment and monitoring. Santa Paws remains in critical care at the PSPCA shelter hospital. He has been surrendered into the PSPCA’s custody.
“This case is painfully similar to so many across Pennsylvania,” said Jerry Buckley, chief executive officer of the PSPCA. “Helping these silent victims depends on people in the community making that one phone call that truly saves a life.”