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.