The Pennsylvania SPCA rescued 20 dogs from an Ephrata Township property Thursday after receiving a tip on their cruelty hotline.
PSPCA Humane Law Enforcement officers got a warrant to search the property due to unsanitary conditions and lack of veterinary care, shelter and access to water, according to a news release Friday.
"The investigation is ongoing, and charges are pending the conclusion of the full investigation," the release said.
The dogs, which included mastiff, Doberman Pinscher and Catahoula Leopard-type breeds, were taken to Lancaster and Philadelphia PSPCA facilities. The dogs will be given veterinary care and be available for adoption, according to the PSPCA.
The PSPCA asks anyone with information on the case or any other animal cruelty cases to call their hotline at 866-601-SPCA. Tips can be anonymous.