Former kennel owner withdraws guilty plea

ALLENTOWN, Pa. - November 16, 2009

Derbe Eckhart pleaded guilty to two counts of cruelty to animals and other charges in September.

The Pennsylvania SPCA raided his "Almost Heaven" kennel in Upper Milford, Lehigh County in October of last year, then again this past June.

Authorities say they found 189 dogs living in deplorable conditions.

The state has shut down the kennel.

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