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SPCA: charges to be filed against breeders who left dogs in cold, deplorable conditions

SPCA: charges to be filed against breeders who lefts dogs in cold, deplorable conditions

CONYNGHAM TOWNSHIP, LUZERNE COUNTY (WOLF) -- Numerous charges will be filed against a Luzerne County family after police seized several dogs from inhumane conditions on New Year's Eve, the SPCA of Luzerne County says.

19 dogs are now in custody at the shelter.

State Police responded to reports of multiple dogs left outside at a Conyngham Township home in below freezing temperatures.

Police say it was five degrees at the time of arrival, that there was no food, and all water bowls were frozen solid.

PSP and Humane Officer Wayne Harvey also went inside and observed 17 more dogs of various ages, left in crates of their own urine and feces, a police affidavit says.

Police report the dog and property owner as John Danko.

Danko is listed as the contact for "Pond Hill Shorthairs", a dog breeding business where German Shorthaired Pointers are sold for $800 dollars each.

"There are multiple laws, both in our county and in our state, that address this very issue because of how inhumane it can be," said SPCA of Luzerne County Director Todd Hevner. "It's heartbreaking to know that animals that are being bred for sale are, behind the scenes, being kept in such a horrible manner."

The SPCA says that none of the dogs are currently available for adoption as they are part of an ongoing investigation.


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