Root man charged in dog case

ROOT – A town man has been charged with a violation of state Agriculture & Markets Law for failing to provide proper shelter to dogs in the town, state police said today.

Police charged Herbert Weich, of Rappa Road, who volunteered to give up some of the dogs to the Montgomery County Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals while more shelters could be constructed for the animals, police said in a news release.

On Dec. 31, police received a complaint of dogs being kept outside without adequate food, water or shelter. Police investigated the complaint and interviewed the property owner at his Rappa Road address. Primitive housing, food and water were found on the property, but no animals showed distress, police said.

As the investigation continued, and based upon the recommendations of a licensed veterinarian and consultation with the state attorney general’s office, Weich, the owner of the property, was charged with the violation, police said.

A preliminary hearing was held in Montgomery County Court today to determine if Weich’s dogs should be seized. An agreement was reached, police said.

State police are continuing to work with the attorney general’s office, the Montgomery County District Attorney’s Office and the Montgomery County SPCA, police said.

Weich will answer the Agriculture and Markets Law charge in the Root Justice Court on Monday.