Ex-kennel owner charged with assaulting guard

June 1, 2010 6:09:00 PM PDT
A former eastern Pennsylvania kennel owner has been charged with assaulting a prison guard days after he was sentenced to six to 23 months in prison.

Forty-two-year-old Derbe Eckhart of Emmaus was sentenced May 18 on misdemeanor counts of animal cruelty and violating a cease-and-desist order.

An arrest affidavit filed Tuesday alleges that Eckhart assaulted a guard May 22 during a dispute over prescription medication. A preliminary hearing is scheduled next week on charges of simple and aggravated assault and resisting law enforcement.

Eckhart was charged after a 2008 raid on his Allentown-area kennel, Almost Heaven Kennel, where prosecutors said scores of animals had a variety of ailments. He told the judge he let his love of animals get out of control.

Eckhart's attorney did not immediately return a call seeking comment Tuesday night.

Information from: The Morning Call, http://www.mcall.com