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Wayne Independent - Honesdale, PA
  • Puppies ready for adoption

  • The man accused of abusing over 50 dogs in an outbuilding on his property pled guilty to charges of animal cruelty.
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  • The man accused of abusing over 50 dogs in an outbuilding on his property pled guilty to charges of animal cruelty.
    Pennsylvania Humane Society Marlene Metzger said Keith Stoddard "pled guilty to eight charges of animal cruelty."
    His brother, Larry Stoddard, was also charged with one count of animal cruelty and pled guilty.
    "Keith Stoddard will have to play $400 in fines plus court costs," Metzger said.
    Keith Stoddard also received 42 citations for failure to have the dogs licensed, 42 citations for dogs not having rabies vaccinations and one citation for operating an illegal kennel.
    Authorities were alerted to the situation after neighbors reported complaints of barking to the Waymart Police Department on Sept. 6.
    The dogs were discovered living in an outbuilding on the property of Stoddard and had no socialization skills.
    Ten deceased puppies were found in the building, and many of the dogs are suffering from a skin condition that ranges from minor to severe.
    Ready for adoption
    Metzger also said that of the original puppies rescued, many will be ready for adoption in the coming days.
    Fourteen puppies total will be ready for adoption over the next few weeks. The puppies, currently in foster care, are recovering nicely.
    "Their hair is growing back and filling in well," she said.
    "We will have a litter of 10 puppies ready for adoption in the coming weeks," Metzger said. Those puppies are currently in foster care and are seven weeks old.
    There are also several young adult dogs that are ready to find their forever home.
    To view all of the pets up for adoption, including members of the Waymart 55, visit the Dessin Animal Shelter on petfinder.com.
    To start the adoption process, visit www.dessinshelter.com and click on the adoption applications link. For more information, call the shelter at 570-253-4037.

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