The Dog Docket 10/2


Man shoots dog for chasing his ghost rooster - Yes, it's happened again, another Pennsylvania property owner decided to shoot first and dream up his defense later. Alexander L. Yoder of Lancaster County, is charged with misdemeanor cruelty to animals in the shooting of Max, a 14-year-old Jack Russell terrier who wandered onto his property on Aug. 18. Yoder told police that Max was chasing his "pet rooster," but investigators discovered Yoder didn't own a rooster, the Lancaster Intelligencer Journal reports. Yoder faces a jail sentence and a fine, if convicted of the first-degree misdemeanor charge. The story is eerily similar to the tragedy in Chester County earlier this year when a sheep farmer Gabriel Pilotti claimed two Bernese Mountain dogs were threatening his sheep. The truth, it turned out, was that one dog was trotting toward him and the other tried to flee for her life after the fhe first dog was shot. A jury convicted Pilotti of animal cruelty last month. Sen Andrew Dinniman (D., Chester) has introduced a bill to put a great burden on property owners before they shoot.

Dog fighting plea - A southeastern Pennsylvania woman charged along with her husband with running a dog-fighting ring out of the home they shared with five children has pleaded guilty and agreed to testify against him in the case.The Daily Local News of West Chester says 34-year-old Laura Acampora entered pleas Tuesday in Chester County Court to three animal cruelty counts and charges of endangering the welfare of children, corruption of minors and criminal conspiracy. Senior Judge Thomas Gavin told her that he had received multiple letters expressing outrage and demanding a strict sentence, but he would rule based on the facts. Authorities investigating the remains of dead dogs found in the West Brandywine area said they discovered a full-scale training operation in the home and an "arena" in the basement.The two are apparently connected to the brutal deaths of two dogs found on the roadside last year, one of which was burned in his cage.

Game Commission inspects Eckhart property - In the ongoing saga involving Derbe "Skip" Eckhart, we learn that the state Game Commission inspected his Allentown area property and found no violations related to his legal possession of monkeys, the Morning Call reports. Eckhart, who for years as a licensed dog breeder was one of the worst violators of federal and state animal welfare laws, was busted again last month when authorities found nearly 200 animals, mostly birds, but also nearly two dozen horses and another nearly two dozen dogs, numerous cats and several monkeys. Under terms of his probation Eckhart was only to be allowed to possess a small number of animals left in his possession after the massive raid involving 800 animals in 2008, but it is unclear what that number is. It also is not known what has become of the animals found last month. Morning Call reporter Patrick Lester tells me more details are expected at Eckhart's probation hearing which is expected in the next few weeks.. Eckhart is free on 10,000 bond.