Report: Sprakers dogs 100% 'medically compromised'

Posted at: 01/21/2014 6:45 PM
By: Dan Levy

SPRAKERS - An new 35-page report prepared by a team of veterinarians of the of 35 border collies removed from the Flat Creek Kennels in Sprakers earlier this month paints a scathing condemnation of the animals' condition, treatment and well-being.

The report, which has been delivered to state Attorney General Eric Schneiderman's office, concludes that 100 percent of the dogs are "medically compromised."

It says all 35 dogs have extreme worm infestation, all of them have a coat and skin condition, and all of them have behavior problems.

In addition, two-thirds of the animals have dental issues ranging from broken teeth and severe tartar.

Two-thirds of them have ear problems including highly contagious tiny spider-like parasitic mites.

Fifteen out of 35 dogs have open wounds or injuries which veterinarians conclude were caused by fighting, frostbite or coming in contact with an electrified fence.

Several dogs are still living on the property in rural Montgomery County. An SPCA official tells NewsChannel 13 there's no reason to believe those animals aren't suffering similar maladies.

So far, the owner, Herbert Weich, has been charged with an Ag & Markets violation for failing to provide adequate shelter in the sub-freezing temperatures.

Animal rights attorney Matthew Albert, one of two attorneys who asked a state supreme court justice to seize all the animals from the property, says given the report, he expects to there to be criminal charges.

"I think the evidence now shows we're not talking about mere violations taking place but crimes against animals," Albert said. "We are highly hopeful that the authorities will take the appropriate response once they process the evidence."

By air time, phone calls to state police and the state attorney general's office had not been returned.