Dogs seized from Sprakers kennel, owner charged

Posted at: 01/07/2014 5:00 PM
Updated at: 01/07/2014 8:40 PM
By: Ben Gorenstein

Some of the dogs at the Sprakers farm in Montgomery County.
Some of the dogs at the Sprakers farm in Montgomery County.
Photo: Dan Levy / WNYT

ROOT – The owner of a puppy kennel in Montgomery County is now facing charges for the way the dogs were kept in the cold weather.

NewsChannel 13 had received several Facebook posts and e-mails from people concerned about the dogs' well-being at the Flat Creek Border Collies Puppy Farm.

Herbert Weich is charged with failing to provide adequate shelter for the dogs. The charges come after pictures and video showed the dogs living outdoors in large plastic barrels as the cold snap hit.

State Police had been to the site a few times to investigate. They said the barrels were adequately heated, and no laws were being broken.

On Tuesday, a preliminary hearing was held in Montgomery County Court to determine if the dogs should be seized.

In the end, the SPCA took 40 of the 66 dogs from the property. The owner has two weeks to upgrade the living conditions. Then, he might be able to get some of the dogs back.