Chester County Dog Kennel Owner Pleads Guilty

Owner receives two years probation and can’t own more than five dogs.

Posted: July 30, 2008, 5 a.m. EDT

The owner of Limestone Kennel in Cochranville, Chester County, pleaded guilty to eight counts of animal cruelty and two violations of the Dog Law in Pennsylvania.

John Blank’s kennel license was permanently revoked and he surrendered 75 dogs to the Pennsylvania Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. Blank will be on probation for two years, and he will not be allowed to own more than five pet dogs.

A recent raid at Blank’s kennel led to the multiple charges of animal cruelty and the seizure of 23 dogs. The plea comes as a result of investigations by the Bureau of Dog Law Enforcement and the Pennsylvania SPCA last week.

As of July 24, a new 24-hour hotline (877-DOG-TIP1) is available for the public to report problems in kennels, said Jessie Smith, the state’s special deputy secretary of dog law enforcement.


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Anna   Maple Grove, MS

7/30/2008 5:56:22 PM

Glad he was caught! I just don't get why he can own 5 dogs if he was guilty for animal cruelty.

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Pat   San Angelo, TX

7/30/2008 1:07:19 PM

Thank goodness the man will no longer be able to have a kennel. However, with this many charges of cruelty, probation is really no more than a slap on the wrist. Why will he be allowed to own 5 dogs? Anyone charged with this many counts of cruelty should at least have a period wherein they are not allowed to have pets and then a reevaluation to see if they deserve to have any again.

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Layton   Glendive, MT

7/30/2008 9:12:32 AM

he deserves it that idot

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IndyDogMom   Indianapolis, IN

7/30/2008 8:42:47 AM

Two years probation and this guy can't own more than 5 dogs??? He should not be allowed to own any type of animal after pleady guilty (being found guilty) to animal

The only good thing about this story is knowing that Pennsylvania has a hotline where people can report abuse.

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