Puppies among 19 dogs seized at property near Wapwallopen

By Ed Lewis - [email protected]
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CONYNGHAM TWP. — Eight German Shorthaired Pointer puppies were among 19 dogs taken from a residence where multiple canines were found outside in bone-chilling temperatures Sunday, according to a search warrant obtained Tuesday.

The eight puppies were found inside 361 Cemetery Road, which had a strong odor of urine and feces, court records say.

State Police at Shickshinny served the warrant after allegedly finding several dogs outside with no food, frozen water and inadequate shelter for the extreme temperatures.

Here are more details from court filings:

Troopers and a humane officer went to the residence near Wapwallopen just after 3 p.m. Sunday, finding multiple dogs in various locations on the property owned by John Jerome Dancho, of Freeland.

Troopers noticed the dogs had no food, and water in bowls was frozen. There were no footprints in freshly fallen snow, leading troopers to believe no one had recently checked on the dogs.

When troopers were at the residence Sunday afternoon, the temperature was recorded at 5 degrees.

Dancho was located at his Freeland residence and was informed he needed to respond to his Cemetery Road property.

When he arrived, he needed to use a butane lighter to thaw a door lock that had frozen.

Once the door was opened, troopers were overwhelmed with a strong odor of urine and feces. Multiple dogs were in crates with no food or water inside the residence, and dogs were standing or sitting in their own waste.

Dancho told troopers there were no other dogs inside the residence except those canines in a front room.

Dancho and his daughters, Amanda Dancho and Ashley Dancho, were told to move the dogs that were outside into their vehicles. Ashley Dancho told troopers she was going to transport the dogs to a residence in Weatherly.

As the dogs were being removed from the residence, troopers and the humane officer heard barking from other areas inside the house.

Amanda Dancho moved multiple black garbage bags from a doorway and authorities found eight more puppies in two cages. The puppies had no food and water and were standing in waste.

No charges have been filed.

But authorities took control of the eight German Shorthaired Pointer puppies, two adult German Shorthaired Pointers and nine adult Shih Tzus from the residence.

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By Ed Lewis

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