Starving pit bull found in Chester; owner cited

Precious, a 3-year-old black female Pit Bull Terrier mix, was found in the flea and feces-infested basement of a Chester home last week.
Precious, a 3-year-old black female Pit Bull Terrier mix, was found in the flea and feces-infested basement of a Chester home last week.
Posted: June 15, 2012

A starving pit bull terrier mix, found in a flea-infested and feces-ridden Chester basement, is recovering at the Delaware County SPCA, officials said Thursday.

Precious weighed 19 pounds when she was found June 5 by workers at the house to repair a burst water heater. They discovered the three-year-old dog lying amid the debris and water, took the dog to the backyard, and called police. The dog was unable to walk or hold up her head, officials said.

SPCA officials said a dog of that breed and age should weigh between 45 and 50 pounds.

The owner, Elvin Seals, was cited with failure to provide food and veterinary care to the animal, officials said.

Witnesses said the dog was deliberately starved and neglected, according to SPCA officials. The dog was anemic as a result of the flea infestation and had infections in both ears. Another dog, Precious' mother, reportedly died at the same house a few years ago, officials said.

In November, another dog was found roaming the streets of Lower Chichester weighing just 35 pounds. That pit bull, who was named Curious George by the SPCA staff, recovered and was later adopted.

Contact Mari A. Schaefer at 610-892-9149, mschaefer@phillynews.com, or on Twitter @marischaefer.

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