A woman who bred show-quality standard poodles in Bucks County is facing scores of animal cruelty and dog law violations following a raid last week at her home in Solebury.
Grace Lossman, operator of Bel Canto Kennels, was charged after officers with the state Bureau of Dog Law Enforcement and Bucks County SPCA found more than 40 dogs living in squalor in Lossman's upscale home. They removed 34 adult dogs and puppies which are being held at the SPCA.
She has been cited with 35 counts of animal cruelty, among them lack of water and unsanitary living conditions, humane officials said. Lossman's landlord reported that when she entered the house she was stunned to see carpeted floors covered in feces and urine and bloody meat dripping out of the refrigerator.
Lossman also will be charged with running an illegal kennel among other dog law violations. (Under state law, a person must hold a kennel license if they possess or transfer more than 25 dogs a year)
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Lossman, who moved to Pennsylvania in mid-2009, was the subject of complaints related to conditions in her kennel in Cream Ridge, NJ in 2008. According to her website, Lossman had run a kennel in various locations in New Jersey since at least 2002.
Timothy Holling, an inspector with the American Kennel Club which registered Lossman's dogs, gave her a passing inspection in November 2009 and noted there were 21 dogs on the Bucks County property.