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Bucks County SPCA rescues 62 animals from animal “sanctuary” in Plumstead


After an extensive investigation, the Bucks County SPCA (BCSPCA) rescued 62 animals in urgent need from a rural property in Plumstead Township on Wednesday.

Holly Hoagland, the property’s owner, claimed to be operating an animal sanctuary, the BCSPCA said, adding, charges of animal cruelty are pending.

Multiple animals, including 41 ducks and chickens, were found to be living in filthy pens, trapped in temperatures of over 100 degrees Fahrenheit with no access to food or water, the BCSPCA said. Four of the sheep on the property had extremely thick, matted coats and were also without access to food or water. Eight cats and kittens appeared to be ill and were living in unsanitary conditions, the BCSPCA said.

Humane Officer Nikki Thompson and her team served a search warrant, and with assistance from Plumstead Police Department and the Plumstead Fire Department, transported the animals to BCSPCA’s barn and pastures in Quakertown; the cats and kittens will be cared for in the society’s shelter on Reservoir Road. The BCSPCA veterinary team is overseeing the medical evaluation and treatment of the 62 animals.

The community can help by donating to the BCSPCA Animal Relief Fund which will help fund the care of these animals. Donations can be made online at or by check sent to BCSPCA, PO Box 277, Lahaska, PA 18931. Designate your gift for “Animal Relief Fund.”