Embattled Montgomery County breeder surrenders last dogs

Wednesday, May 14, 2014
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— Thirteen dogs — 11 border collies and two border collie mixes — were surrendered by kennel owner Herbert Weich on Monday.

These final 13 dogs were seized from Flat Creek Border Collie Kennel on Rappa Road on Jan. 22 and were found to be emaciated and riddled with parasites. Weich originally had dozens of dogs at his breeding kennel, living in conditions that attracted the attention of animal rights activists in early January as a bitterly cold winter set in. They launched an ultimately successful effort to get the dogs away from him.

The formal surrendering of the last group of dogs allows the Montgomery County SPCA to spay or neuter the dogs and adopt them out, according to Jan Zumbolo, interim shelter director.

Zumbolo said the shelter filed a petition that Weich pay nearly $40,000 for upkeep and medical expenses of the dogs. By surrendering them into the shelter’s official custody, Weich avoided payment and the shelter now has control of the dogs.

“They’re doing much better healthwise,” Zumbolo said, “but they’re not socialized.”

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