Jeannie Keller a Pennsylvania dog breeder turned rescuer is begging for help and hoping for a miracle.
After battling with Unity Township for 2 years and with the case even going to the Pennsyvania State Supreme Courts, the Westmoreland County woman and her dogs are out of luck and out of time.
The woman who runs Rom-Ger-Am Rottweiler Rescue has been ordered by the state to reduce the number of dogs on her property. She now just has hours to comply. And ,she fears, if the state takes the dogs, they may all be put down.
She was ordered to re-home 50 of her dogs and she has found places for 20, but the deadline was up New Years Day.
Keller who was a licensed Rottweiler breeder for 31 years says she started to take in unwanted dogs when there were so many strays that no one else was helping. She took in rottweilers and other breeds. If a dog needed help, Keller did what she could. When she exceeded Unity Township’s 12 dog maximum, she applied to be a rescue kennel. The authorities denied her application.
Over the past 4 years, the dogs she cared for increased in number from just 12 to over 70. Her neighbors began to complain and soon she was ordered to reduce her population. Neighbors said the smell and barking was just too much to live with.
Keller doesn't see it that way. She feels she did what she could - as best she could - for the dogs. She has fought with the township and even the state to keep the dog's, but found it a losing battle. Now it is down to the wire and the animal lover is desperate to re-home the dogs before they are seized.
December 21 the State Supreme Court denied her final request to hear her appeal to keep the animals. Keller was told then she had 10 days to get her population down from more than 78 dogs to just 25. Now she still needs to get 36 more dogs
At this writing, Keller is still hoping she can get the dogs into other rescue shelters or find them adoptive homes. She intends to contact state officials first thing January 2nd and ask for an extension of time. Whether that request will be granted is unknown. All Rom-Ger-Rottweilers dogs that still need out are listed at www.Petfinder.com Click HERE to view them all.
For more information on how you can adopt the dogs call (724)-217-5800 or e-mail Keller at firstname.lastname@example.org