A couple in Chester County, Pennsylvania, pleaded guilty on Monday to hanging two dogs to death at their breeding kennel. According to the Pennsylvania SPCA, Elizabeth and John Stoltzfus had been charged with four counts of animal cruelty and four counts of conspiracy to commit animal cruelty for hanging, and then burning, a Bichon-type dog and a goldendoodle-type dog at their kennel in August 2017.
According to the Daily Local, the couple agreed to plead guilty in exchange for probation. Elizabeth Stoltzfus pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor count of failure to keep the kennels in a sanitary and humane condition, and two misdemeanor counts of failure to notify authorities prior to the euthanasia of any dog. She has been banned from having any dogs for the next two years. Her husband pleaded guilty to two misdemeanor charges of willfully killing and/or torturing the dogs. He is not allowed to own any dogs for the next ten years.
The Stolzfuses’ kennel called Garden Spot Puppy Haven has since had its license revoked. The two dogs that were killed suffered from Brucellosis, an infectious disease that can be transmitted to humans through contact with animals. The disease is treatable to both humans and dogs through antibiotics. Stoltzfus killed the dogs by hanging and then burned their bodies.
The two surviving dogs – both goldendoodles, named Connie and Cathy, were surrendered to the Pennsylvania SPCA. They will be made available for adoption.
(Photos of Chester County dogs via PA SPCA)
Read the previous coverage of this disturbing case here.
Read more on National Pet Rescue by clicking here.
Body of dog found inside of dumped cage – read more here.
Dog dragged behind vehicle after jumping out of the back of truck – read more here.