The owners of the Black Diamond Acres kennel in Seneca County, New York, may face animal cruelty charges stemming from a July incident in which approximately 78 dogs and 15 puppies were euthanized in an effort to cut off an infectious disease in the kennel, the DemocratAndChronicle.com reported on September 15.
A report of the incident was discovered on a government website by Mary Anne Kowalski, a member of the county’s Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) report indicates that the dogs were killed by being locked in boxes and poisoned with carbon monoxide from a farm vehicle.
The report stated that David and Barbara Yoder, who managed the kennel, were warned that all euthanasia at the kennel must be performed by a licensed veterinarian.
Seneca County Sheriff Jack Stenberg met with USDA officials in hopes that the agency will launch an investigation. If the agency refuses, he plans to request copies of the documents and photographs taken of the incident and personally conduct an investigation.
According to the ASPCA, one way concerned citizens can help fight animal cruelty is to keep an eye out for animals exhibiting symptoms of abuse, such as emaciation, wounds on the body or tick and flea infestations.~ASPCA
“May” face charges!?!?! “Hopes” that the agency will launch an investigation!?!?! I don’t get it. What is there to consider? Another question is, what kind of infectious disease is the kennel plauged with that causes 93 dogs to be sick? Seems widespread to me. Black Diamond Acres need to be shut down…PERIOD!!!