Holtwood man convicted of animal cruelty charges

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QUARRYVILLE, Pa.– A Holtwood man was convicted of 11 counts of animal cruelty on Tuesday, after mistreatment of dogs at a kennel in his home became apparent.

Daniel Lapp, 35, has been ordered to pay a $100 fine, court costs for each of the 11 summary citations, and $6,200 in restitution for the treatment and abuse of the animals. He is also prohibited from owning dogs for 990 days.

At trial, witness testimony revealed that the conditions these dogs were kept in included feces-laden living space.

This is Raja, a bulldog with a severe infection on leg.

This is Raja, a bulldog with a severe infection on leg.

The dogs were seized by veterinarian Susan Martin of the LSPCA on Feb. 22. Martin rescued ten dogs, including four puppies. She found one dog that was dead during her search of the property.

Investigation into the kennel began after an anonymous tip to officials described the unlivable conditions.