UPDATE: Animals seized from Seaford-area property

Officers find 43 dead dogs, rescue 32 more
The animals rescued from a Seaford-area property are now receiving care from Brandywine Valley SPCA. SUBMITTED PHOTOS
October 11, 2017

State animal-control officers recently discovered 43 dead dogs and rescued 32 other animals from a property near Seaford.

On Oct. 8, the state Office of Animal Welfare received a tip about neglected animals on the property, prompting Delaware Animal Services to execute a warrant. The specific location of the property has not been released.

The surviving 30 dogs and one cat are recovering at Brandywine Valley SPCA's Georgetown campus. A press release from the Department of Public Health, which oversees the Office of Animal Welfare, stated one animal was euthanized, while 27 required emergency veterinary care.

Brandywine Valley SPCA said in a release the rescued dogs include a variety of small breeds, such as Bichon Frise, Shih-Tzu, Pekingese, terriers and poodles. They range in age from 2 to 10 years old, all were found to be severely emaciated and many have other related medical problems.

“Conditions at the property were horrific,” said SPCA CEO Adam Lamb. “It’s remarkable to see how friendly and trusting these dogs remain after everything they’ve been through. We’re doing everything in our power to help them recover and hope to have the opportunity to help them find loving forever families.

The investigation is ongoing, and charges are expected, the press release states. The Seaford Fire Department and Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control also assisted. No additional information about the case is available at this time.

Anyone with information about this incident, or any other cases of possible animal cruelty, is asked to call 302-255-4646. To make a donation to Brandywine Valley SPCA, go to, or send a check to Brandywine Valley SPCA, 22918 Dupont Blvd., Georgetown, DE 19947.