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Remainder of dogs seized from Sprakers kennel

Updated: 01/23/2014 5:48 PM
Created: 01/23/2014 7:26 AM WNYT.com
By: Dan Bazile

SPRAKERS -- At the Flat Creek Border Collies kennel in the town of Root on Wednesday, there was no sign of any animals. It was a much different picture when Newschannel 13 was there earlier this month. You could see a number of dogs hanging around the yard even as the temperature was flirting with record lows.

After receiving several complains that the dogs were being exposed to the extreme cold, State Police went to the farm. Investigators then reported there was no abuse and the dogs were in good health. Authorities went back soon after. They seized 40 of the more than 60 dogs on the property. The owner, Herbert Weich, was slapped with a violation, accused of failing to provide sufficient shelter for the dogs.

But on Tuesday, a team of veterinarians who evaluated the dogs that were taken, released a report that revealed the condition of the dogs were much worse than originally thought. The report said the animals had matted coats, bad skin conditions and were infected with worms. Some also had open wounds.

On Wednesday, authorities went back to the puppy farm on Rappa Road and seized the rest of the dogs. State Police said they were being cared for at various locations. The Montgomery County SPCA said they were told by the police not to comment on the story. They would only say the dogs are now resting comfortably in a warm place.

The investigation is not over yet. The case is now in the hands of State Police and the State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman. Animal rights attorney Matt Albert slammed the state attorney general on Facebook. He wrote: "The way he's handled this case is an insult to all those people who supported him when he announced his Animal Protection Initiative."

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