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New York dog breeder facing charges for inadequate shelter

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Update 1/12/14: Several of the seized dogs are now in the care of Glen Highland Farm. The following information was shared about the dogs:

Glen Highland Farm was asked by the Montgomery County SPCA to assist in the seizure of the Flat Creek Border Collies in Sprakers, NY. There are now 35 Border Collies in our care, with 25 of them fully surrendered to Rescue. Ten are in our care, awaiting court proceedings.

Each dog is being fully evaluated by veterinarians and rescue staff with respect to their condition. A full report will be provided to the SPCA.

The "Sprakers" dogs that are now part of GHF rescue are NOT available for adoption at this time. We will not be answering any inquiries at this time.

Donations to help with the dogs' care can be mailed to:

Glen Highland Farm
217 Pegg Road
Morris, NY 13808

According to a press release issued on Tuesday by the New York State Police, a Sprakers, N.Y., dog breeder has been charged for a violation resulting from inadequate shelter provided for dogs kept on his property.

According to the release, following an investigation, Herbert Weich, the owner of Flat Creek Border Collies, was charged with a violation of the Agriculture & Markets Law section 353-B(2), for failure to provide adequate shelter.

Attention was turned to the property by concerned animal welfare advocates who worried for the safety of dogs who were living with sparse shelter, provided by plastic barrels, outside in frigid temperatures. The first complaint was received on Dec. 31 and New York State Police responded to investigate at that time.

Initially, the authorities determined that although the shelter was "primitive," the dogs did not appear to be showing signs of distress or to be in immediate danger.

Further investigation ensued upon the recommendations of a licensed veterinarian and consultation with the New York State Attorneys General Office.

Prior to a preliminary hearing, which was scheduled for Jan. 7, an agreement was reached for Mr. Weich to voluntarily relinquish some dogs to the Montgomery County Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. The dogs are to be held until more substantial shelters can be constructed.

Prior story about this situation at this link.

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