Kennel owner faces new charge

SPRAKERS – State police said Tuesday a kennel owner – whose dogs already have been seized – is facing another charge.

Herbert Weich, owner of Flat Creek Border Collie breeding kennel on Rappa Road, was charged with failure to provide proper sustenance.

He was released with an appearance ticket, and is scheduled to appear in Root Town?Court on Monday.

The charge comes after state police and volunteers removed 13 dogs from the kennel last week. Earlier in the month, 41 dogs were handed over for poor shelter conditions.

A veterinarian’s report on the health of 35 of the border collies said only six of them weighed 35 to 45 pounds, which is average for the breed. The majority of the adult border collies weighed an average of 25 pounds, the report said, which classifies the dogs as underweight or emaciated.

Weich was previously charged with violating the state Agriculture & Markets Law by not providing adequate shelter for his dogs, state police said.

The violation stemmed from a complaint police received Dec. 31 that the dogs were being kept outside without adequate food, water or shelter.