PHILADELPHIA (WPVI) --George Bengal, PSPCA Director of Humane Law Enforcement, has died. He was 69.
Bengal died of terminal cancer Saturday night at Holy Redeemer Hospital in Jenkintown with his wife and daughter by his side.
Bengal started the group's Humane Law Enforcement Department, and headed up the branch for 10 years.
A military veteran and former Philadelphia police officer, Bengal was a lifelong animal advocate.
"George Bengal was an icon, a fierce warrior against animal cruelty, and a street smart cop who led by example. The animals have lost their best friend and we have lost a most special colleague. His officers didn't work under him. They worked next to him," said Jerry Buckley, CEO of the organization. "We always knew George was courageous in his work. But the way he faced his own death took courage to a new level."
In lieu of flowers, George's family has asked that donations be made to the George Bengal Fund to End Animal Cruelty. To make a donation or learn more, visit www.pspca.org/bengalfund.