Man Accused of Neglecting Severely Injured Dog Pleads Guilty

A man who neglected to seek out veterinary care for his dog’s severely injured leg has pleaded guilty to one count of animal cruelty. According to a press release from the Pennsylvania SPCA (PSPCA), Juan Arosemena, of the 1700 block of Bridge Street, did not seek veterinary care for his dog, “Marcos,” who was suffering from a complete fracture in his front leg.

Marcos’ dire situation was uncovered thanks to a tip made to the PSPCA animal cruelty hotline on September 28. PSPCA Humane Law Enforcement officers responded to the call and removed the grievously injured dog from Arosemena’s property.

Marcos was transported to the PSPCA’s Erie Avenue headquarters for an exam and care – thanks to the shelter’s veterinary team, Marcos recovered from the severe injury and recently, he was adopted into his forever home.


The man accused of neglecting to seek care for Marcos was sentenced to pay a $400 fine to the Commonwealth and 90 days prohibition of animal ownership.

Julie Klim, CEO for the Pennsylvania SPCA commented:

“It is the mission of the Pennsylvania SPCA to not only protect animals from cruelty and neglect, but to work to improve their quality of life as well. In Marcos’ case, he was in pain and needed veterinary care. Through the work of our Humane Law Enforcement Officers we were able to remove him from the situation and get him into the capable hands of our veterinary staff. We are honored to have gotten justice for Marcos, and wish him the brightest of futures in his new home.”

About the Pennsylvania SPCA

Since 1867, the Pennsylvania SPCA, a non-profit 501(c)3 organization headquartered at 350 East Erie Avenue, Philadelphia, has been dedicated to preventing animal cruelty and rescuing animals from abuse and neglect. The Pennsylvania SPCA’s lifesaving programs for animals include a low-cost veterinary clinic, low-cost spay and neuter services, pet adoption facilities, and the Pennsylvania SPCA Humane Law Enforcement Department. For more information about adopting, donating or volunteering, please call (215) 426.6300 or visit

To report animal abuse, call the Pennsylvania SPCA’s cruelty hotline, (866) 601-SPCA.

Penny Eims

Penny is a freelance writer who provided content to her National Dog News column at for 8 years. She is a current contributor to Fido Friendly Magazine, as well as a newly formed website, Pet Rescue Report. Penny is married and she has two rescued German shepherds and two kids.