Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Almost Heaven kennel: "The foulest thing I've ever seen"

Testimony enters its third day in an Allentown courtroom in the animal cruelty trial of Derbe Eckhart, owner of the former Almost Heaven kennel.

Almost Heaven kennel: "The foulest thing I've ever seen"

0 comments

Testimony enters its third day in an Allentown courtroom in the animal cruelty trial of Derbe Eckhart, owner of the former Almost Heaven kennel.

On Tuesday dog warden Kristen Donmoyer described the stench at the time the state and Pennsylvania SPCA raided the kennel in October 2008 as "overwhelming."

She said she saw white puppies that were all brown from lying in their own excrement. ''It's the foulest thing I've seen at a kennel to date,'' Donmoyer said, according to news reports.

PSPCA chief investigator George Bengal described conditions as overcrowded and filled with urine and feces.

Eckhart's lawyer, Jeff Conrad, said the cages were dirty because staff was unable to clean during the raid. But Donmoyer said the amount of filth had built up over time.

The kennel - which has been the subject of investigations and charges by various state agencies for decades - was shut down in June 2009 and more than 200 dogs seized. Eckhart's kennel license also was revoked by the state.

More from the Morning Call of Allentown here.

Columnist Bill White, who has been chronicling the Eckhart saga with his sharp-pointed pen since 2002, offers his take on the trial here.

 

Inquirer Staff Writer
0 comments
We encourage respectful comments but reserve the right to delete anything that doesn't contribute to an engaging dialogue.
Help us moderate this thread by flagging comments that violate our guidelines.

Comment policy:

Philly.com comments are intended to be civil, friendly conversations. Please treat other participants with respect and in a way that you would want to be treated. You are responsible for what you say. And please, stay on topic. If you see an objectionable post, please report it to us using the "Report Abuse" option.

Please note that comments are monitored by Philly.com staff. We reserve the right at all times to remove any information or materials that are unlawful, threatening, abusive, libelous, defamatory, obscene, vulgar, pornographic, profane, indecent or otherwise objectionable. Personal attacks, especially on other participants, are not permitted. We reserve the right to permanently block any user who violates these terms and conditions.

Additionally comments that are long, have multiple paragraph breaks, include code, or include hyperlinks may not be posted.

Read 0 comments
 
comments powered by Disqus
About this blog

Amy Worden Inquirer Staff Writer
Latest Videos:
Also on Philly.com
letter icon Newsletter