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Pa. woman faces citations after 19 dogs removed from her home

March 19, 2013|By JENNIFER FITCH | waynesboro@herald-mail.com

WAYNESBORO, Pa. — A Waynesboro woman faces 27 animal cruelty citations associated with 19 dogs taken from her home and eight puppies found in the freezer.

A dog law officer also filed citations against Joanna Toms, 49, of 199 Tritle Ave., for failing to obtain licenses for four dogs and keeping so many dogs without a kennel license.

Toms is accused of neglecting or depriving dogs of clean and sanitary shelter, according to citations issued by cruelty officer Dennis Bumbaugh.

Toms was given a copy of the kennel laws and regulations in 2006 and received a warning from Dog Law Enforcement Officer Georgia Martin in 2008, according to the citation regarding a kennel license.

Each citation carries fines if Toms pleads guilty or is found guilty by a magisterial district judge.

Toms’ husband made arrangements to surrender the living Rottweilers on March 11, Antietam Humane Society Executive Director Andrea Haugh said.

“Our shelter is designed to house 35 to 40 dogs max,” Haugh said, saying the facility already had 30 dogs at the time.

Because of capacity issues, the dogs were divided among several regional shelters, Haugh said. Most of the dogs were in good physical condition, although one that is underweight is under veterinary care, she said.

The dogs need temperament and health screenings before they’ll be made available for adoption, and there is no time frame for that to happen, Haugh said.

“The dogs have been through a lot in the past couple weeks, and we’re going to give them time,” she said.

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