ALLENTOWN, Pa. - September 22, 2009 Forty-one-year-old Derbe Eckhart pleaded guilty Tuesday in
Lehigh County Court to two misdemeanor counts of animal cruelty and
five violations of the state's dog law.
Eckhart faces a maximum sentence of three years in prison and a
maximum fine of $7,500 when he is sentenced Nov. 16.
Chief Deputy District Attorney Jay Jenkins says Eckhart treated
the dogs with "wanton neglect."
Animal welfare officials raided Eckhart's Almost Heaven kennel
in Emmaus last October.
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