Animal cruelty investigation gets a lift from Josephine and Evelyn S. Smith Foundation

Thanks to a generous contribution from the Josephine and Evelyn S. Smith Foundation, the Bucks County SPCA’s team of humane police officers has a reliable new vehicle for responding to more than 500 calls for help each year.

The foundation’s investment allowed the BCSPCA the opportunity to buy a new Toyota RAV4, replacing a nine-year-old vehicle with extensive repair needs.

Humane police officers are on the road seven days a week covering hundreds of miles crisscrossing the county responding to calls.

For animals in Bucks County, the new vehicle means help is at the ready 365 days a year.

“In 2019 we saw a huge spike in cruelty complaints, court cases, and animals needing to be rescued from cruelty or neglect,” reported Linda Reider, Executive Director of the Bucks County SPCA. “Our team rescued 545 animals last year, nearly triple the number rescued in 2018. From very large hoarding cases, to a single animal cruelly treated, response time can make all the difference. It’s critical that our humane police officers have a reliable vehicle so that each complaint is investigated as quickly as possible.”

The BCSPCA investigates cases of abuse and neglect for domestic and farm animals anywhere in Bucks County.

Their specially trained team of humane police officers respond to every complaint received, enforcing the state’s animal cruelty laws.

If you suspect an animal is being neglected or treated cruelly, contact the Bucks County SPCA at their 24-hour tip line 215-794-7425 or e-mail

All tips are confidential. One call can save a life.

The Bucks County SPCA has served the animals and people of Bucks County since its incorporation by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania in 1912. The organization was founded by a small but determined group of citizens who patrolled Bucks County, initially investigating cruelty to farm animals.

Unchanged since 1912 is their commitment to make Bucks County the most humane community possible, knowing well that it benefits not only animals, but people too.  

BCSPCA uses all available avenues to improve the welfare of animals in the county including sheltering, foster care and adoption, lost and found assistance, subsidized cat sterilization, humane investigation and education, as well as assistance to help keep pets in homes.

The organization has achieved a 94% average live release rate in recent years.

Bucks County SPCA is an independent nonprofit supported by local charitable donations and is not affiliated with or financially supported by other local, state or national organizations, nor is it tax-dollar funded.

PHOTO CAP: The Bucks County SPCA’s humane police officers, Kate Hogan and Nikki Thompson, have a reliable new vehicle to ensure there’s never a delay in responding to hundreds of complaints of animal cruelty and neglect received by the organization each year. Photo by Nanette Kardaszeski | fatdogfoto