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Allenwood man arraigned on alleged animal cruelty, neglect charges for 24 dogs

A red female Dachshund in “very bad shape” and a newborn puppy brought to a veterinary clinic allegedly led an SPCA humane officer to 24 dogs living in unsanitary conditions, medical neglect and other cruelty and neglect, according to a criminal complaint.

Daniel L. Stoltzfus, of 15676 Route 44, faces charges of aggravated cruelty to an animal, neglect of animal and cruelty to animal for the alleged incident.

The red female Dachshund allegedly had palpable ribs, spine and hips as well as fleas, black tarry stool, excessive dental tartar and a purulent discharge, according to Betsy Sparling, a Lycoming County SPCA humane officer.

A C-section had to be performed, and afterward the dog had to be resuscitated on the surgery table, according to Sparling.

Stoltzfus allegedly noticed the mother in distress and tried to remedy the situation himself on Jan. 14, a day after the mother Dachshund had given birth, according to Sparling.

“When there is a difficult labor, according to the veterinarian, the dog should be seen within 12 hours. Stoltzfus had waited at least 24 hours before seeking veterinary care for the dog,” Sparling wrote in the criminal complaint.

After the red Dachshund was treated, Sparling obtained search warrants to check on the other dogs at Stoltzfus’ property.

The county SPCA allegedly seized 24 dogs from unsanitary conditions, medical neglect and other cruelty and neglect.

District Judge John Kemp arraigned Stoltzfus and released him on $35,000 bail until his preliminary hearing scheduled March 5.

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