Guest Blog by Amy Worden
In July 2008, two Berks County kennel owners were ordered by state dog wardens to treat their infested dogs for fleas. Instead the breeders took their shotguns and opened fire on their dogs as they cowered in their rabbit hutches. In the end, the bodies of more than 80 small lap dogs – poodles, shih tzus, cocker spaniels – were exhumed from a compost pile.
What Elmer Zimmerman and his brother Ammon Zimmerman did was perfectly legal under Pennsylvania law. The animal-loving world was horrified. How could someone commit an act of such astonishing cruelty?
The little dogs did not die in vain. The massacre was the turning point in a two-year-long battle to improve the care of dogs breeding kennels in Pennsylvania.
These two men, licensed kennel operators, were so consumed with profit and so enraged at being told to obtain the treatment their…
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