The Pennsylvania dog breeder who allowed a puppy dubbed “Libre” to fall so critically ill that he nearly died, has pleaded guilty to animal cruelty, reported Monday’s ABC 27 News. Libre, a Boston terrier puppy who was suffering from multiple ailments, had been neglected for at least a month at the Lancaster puppy mill operated by 33-year-old Benjamin S. Stoltzfus.
Stoltzfus admitted that he had ignored Libre’s deteriorating health and had left him in a kennel, believing that the puppy would die. Libre was rescued on July 4th by Speranza Animal Rescue, after a good Samaritan brought the pup to an emergency veterinarian.
Under the care of staff at Dillsburg Veterinary Center, Libre has made incredible strives towards recovery. On Sunday, Speranza Animal Rescue posted a Facebook update about the rescued puppy:
It has been two months since the Bug Eyed Miracle came into our lives and he has come so far❣
Thank you to everyone who sent well wishes, donations and gifts for Libre. Thank you to Dr. Pryor and the entire Dillsburg Veterinary Center Staff for your tireless work with him. Thank you Senator Alloway for using Libre’s story to help so many more dogs in PA.
It took a village, but we raised a miracle.
Despite the severity of Libre’s condition under Stoltzfus’ care, the guilty plea resulted only in $904.97 in fines and costs.