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An Amish dog breeder in New York and his cousin who plead guilty to shoot eight puppies and their mother headed to jail last week for his actions.
Merlin Schmucker, 26, and his cousin, Jonathan Eicher, 19, were sentenced to 30 days in the Wayne County jail after pleading guilty to animal cruelty charges, according to the Finger Lakes Times.
Town Justice Carol Heald also ruled that neither man could own a dog for 15 years.


Who can forget the 2008 massacre of 80 dogs by a Berks County Pa. dog breeder Elmer Zimmerman and his brother Ammon ?
The dogs, mostly poodles and shih tzus, and others of the fluffy lap pup variety, were shot to death in their cages because the Zimmermans refused to provide flea treatment as ordered by the dog warden. No cruelty charges were brought by Berks County district attorney John Adams -

That horrific event propelled the passage of the dog law two months later. Gov. Rendell ordered an amendment that forbid commercial dog breeders from using any method other than a veterinarian-applied injection to euthanize their dogs.
But it remains legal for anyone else to shoot their dogs.
So what if a Pennsylvania dog breeder - not a commercial kennel owner, perhaps a smaller kennel owner or an unlicensed kennel - shot his unsold puppies and their mother - or hired a hit man to do so - and threw them in a ditch?
If law enforcement chose to investigate, maybe they would be cited for littering.
 
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