Kennel owners shot 80 dogs

Officials: Kennel owners shot 80 dogs
Brothers broke no law in destroying animals to avoid veterinarian exams
HARRISBURG (AP) — Two eastern Pennsylvania kennel operators shot 80 dogs after wardens ordered some of the animals examined by veterinarians, dog law enforcement officials said Tuesday.
Elmer Zimmerman of Kutztown shot 70 dogs after a July 24 inspection, officials of the state Bureau of Dog Law Enforcement said. His brother, Ammon Zimmerman, operator of a kennel next door, shot 10 dogs, officials said.
Wardens had ordered 39 dogs checked for flea and fly bites. They also issued citations for extreme heat, insufficient bedding and floors dogs’ feet could fall through. Elmer Zimmerman told The Philadelphia Inquirer he feared the state was trying to close his kennel, and said a veterinarian recommended
destroying the dogs.
“They were old, and we were hearing that they don’t want kennels anymore,” he said. “The best thing to do was get rid of them.”
Ammon Zimmerman told a reporter the decision to destroy the dogs was “none of your business.”
‘Horrible,’ but ‘legal’
State law allows owners to put dogs down by shooting them, though Gov. Ed Rendell is trying to change that. He backs legislation pending in the state Legislature that would allow only veterinarians to euthanize dogs in commercial kennels.
“It’s horrible, but it’s legal,” Jessie Smith, special deputy secretary of the doglaw bureau, said of the shootings. “That someone would shoot 70 dogs rather than spend money to do a vet check is extremely problematic,” Smith said.
Many options Ken Brandt, lobbyist for the Pennsylvania Professional Dog Breeders’ Association, said the group didn’t support the operators’ actions. He said there were other ways to resolve the situation, “like in a court.” The breeders could have turned the dogs over to rescue groups, said Howard Nelson, chief executive officer of the Pennsylvania Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. “Every humane society in the state would have taken those dogs,” Nelson said.
The two men surrendered their kennel licenses. Elmer Zimmerman pleaded guilty to four charges of violating the dog law, Smith said.

Misty, Shadow and Sheba

Misty, Shadow and Sheba were adopted from ARC. They now have a happy home and, as their new mommy says, "Misty and the cats cuddle now. Not sure if she thinks she's a cat or they think they're a dog."

This is one happy story. There are so many more animals that need a forever home. Please, if you are thinking about getting a pet, think about adoption; it's the only option. Remember to spay and neuter your pets!

Dogs found

A dog was found in front of Cobblestone Inn on Old Berwick Rd between Bloomsburg and Berwick on 8/8/08 @10am by a utility worker. Call Lori about this dog only at 784-1187. (COURTESY POST - NOT AFFILIATED WITH ARC)


If you know anything about the following found dog in the Trevorton area, please contact Jody at 898-0196. (COURTESY POST - NOT AFFILIATED WITH ARC)
"... It is a ... mix about 2 yrs of age. It's great with kids and other animals. ...he really needs to be with kids or other dogs...he loves to play. It looked to have been hit by a car...I took it to the vet and they checked him out..gave me some medicine for his bruises and said everything seems to be fine. "