A Honey Brook, Pennsylvania man pleaded guilty on Friday to five misdemeanor animal cruelty charges stemming from the deaths of several dogs. Ammon Stoltzfus will be on probation for the next ten years and ordered banned from owning any animals during the time period.
According to the Pennsylvania SPCA, Stoltzfus injected five dogs, who had Brucellosis including a four-month-old puppy, with Epsom Salts in an attempt to kill them. When that didn’t work, Stoltzfus is alleged to have shot them.
An investigation began in May 2019 after the Bureau of Dog Law contacted the Pennsylvania SPCA about the reported use of Epsom Salts and found dead dogs on the property. Subsequent inspections revealed a lack of veterinary care.
“While we can never take back the pain and suffering these dogs endured, we can provide the justice they deserve and additionally ensure that no other animal be harmed by Stoltzfus’ hand. We can assure you that we take our inspection rights very seriously,” Nicole Wilson, Director of Humane Law Enforcement stated.
Five dogs were removed from the Stoltzfus’ property on Thursday, including a Shih Tzu, two Yorkshire terriers, a miniature poodle and a Yorkipoo. The dogs have all been brought to the Pennsylvania’s SPCA’s headquarters in Philadelphia where they will be examined and prepared for adoption.
Wilson assured the public the organization intends to have unannounced inspections rights during that time.
Interested in helping, fostering or adopting? Contact the organization at 215.426.6300 or click here.
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