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Dog breeder's hearing adjourned, remaining dogs surrendered

Wednesday, February 05, 2014 - Updated: 8:25 PM

ROOT -- A court hearing involving the owner of a controversial dog breeding facility was adjourned Monday.

The hearing was postponed so Sprakers resident Herbert Weich can hire an attorney, said assistant court clerk Beverly Bramer.

Weich was scheduled to appear in connection with a second animal neglect charge for reported conditions at the Flat Creek Border Collies facility on Rappa Road.

The law says any person who harms, tortures or kills any wild or domesticated animal, deprives any animal of necessary food or drink, neglects or refuses it sustenance or any other act producing such cruelty, is guilty of a class A misdemeanor.

Last week, state police spokesman Mark J. Cepiel said any misdemeanor could mean a fine or jail time, and it depends on the case.

The hearing will be adjourned until Weich can find an attorney to defend his case, Bramer said.

On Tuesday, Weich surrendered the ten dogs still remaining at his Flat Creek Border Collies business.

Last month, Weich was charged with two violations under the Agriculture & Markets Law.

At the first court hearing prompted by a lawsuit, Weich agreed to temporarily give up some of his dogs to the MCSPCA and a border collie rescue service, until he could construct adequate shelter.

-- Caroline Murray

     

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