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Lancaster Co. woman faces animal cruelty charges after dogs 'debarked' on her property

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A Lancaster County woman faces more than a dozen animal cruelty charges after allegedly paying to have multiple dogs debarked.

According to a criminal affidavit, Annie Beiler contacted a Pennsylvania SPCA officer on May 24 to report she had previously lied about about debarking an adult Husky named Rosella.

Later that morning, the PSPCA employee went to Beiler's property at 173 Loop Road in Quarryville, Pa., where she learned two more dogs, adult Doberman Pinschers named Darla and Julia, were also debarked, according to the criminal complaint.

The affidavit states that Beiler said the procedures had been performed on the concrete floor of a barn by a woman she paid $60 for each procedure.

Beiler was present for the procedures, according to the documents, and explained how each dog was given two shots before a rod-like object was pushed down their throats three times.

In the complaint, Beiler reported that she contacted the Black Horse Animal Hospital on May 22 and requested the debarking procedure. She was told the procedure was illegal, and allegedly cancelled a debarking appointment she had with a woman from Ohio.

According to the affidavit, Beiler also indicated that she docked the tails of nine Doberman puppies by placing rubber bands on their tails when they were three days old. She said some of the puppies developed an infection in their tails and that on May 23, a vet came to the property and provided antibiotics.

All of the dogs and puppies in Beiler's care at the Loop Road property were surrendered to the PSPCA.

The animals were taken to the PSPCA for additional testing and treatment, where veterinary staff determined one of the puppies had an infection in it's eye that would cause permanent damage. According to the affidavit, the eye will have to be removed.

Annie Beiler was charged with 14 counts of cruelty and one count of neglect.

“The manner in which these dogs were devocalized is concerning on many levels, not the least of which is that it is illegal,” said Nicole Wilson, PSPCA Director of Humane Law Enforcement in a written statement. “These animals were debarked because it was a nuisance, and the inhumane manner in which the act was carried out can carry a felony charge. We will continue our investigation and press charges to the fullest extent the law allows in an effort to ensure this never happens again.”


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