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Thursday, Dec 28, 2006County: Dauphin
Case Images: 4 files available
Alleged: Linda Corson
Case Updates: 3 update(s) available
A Dauphin County woman is facing animal cruelty charges, after more than 100 animals are removed from her home.
Dozens upon dozens of animals- dogs, cats, puppies and kittens all seized from a Dauphin County home on Dec 28 - under what animal control officers say were deplorable, unsanitary conditions.
"The final count is 101. There are some feral cats running around that need to be caught so that will go up to 106 or 107," said Chief William Sandstrom, Humane Police Officer.
The homeowner was running an animal rescue that grew out of control. Her home eventually over-run with the animals she was trying to save. Chief Officer William Sandstrom says hoarding or animal collecting is a psychological disease. "The more animals you have around you the better you feel, its like a drug and this is a case of loving them too much and not being able to care for them properly."
The extra animals are putting a strain on the Harrisburg Humane Society. Their shelter, already overcrowded, is now bursting at the seams. They are looking to adopt out every one of these pets.
Surprisingly, the dogs and cats appear to be in fairly good condition. Many of them are animals in high demand. "Most of them are designer dogs, the dogs that people pay thousands of dollars for and they are right here at the Humane Society."
The homeowner did hold a kennel license and faces numerous charges including animal cruelty.
The goal, control officers say it to not let the hoarding happen again. "The main objective in this case is to get some restitution for the cost to put it on the record and to get some psychological help for the individual."
Some of the animals are already up for adoption.
|Angel Pet Services, where 103 animals were seized in December, will not reopen, owner Linda Corson told a judge.|
District Judge Gregory Johnson admitted Corson to an Accelerated Rehabilitative Disposition program for first offenders and assigned her to 90 hours of community service at the Dogs Den, an animal rescue facility in Grantville. Dogs Den has received more calls and more animals since Angel Pet Services was shut down, said Todd Zimmerman, a vice president.
Humane Society of Harris burg Area officials said they found 67 cats, 35 dogs and one pigeon living in deplorable conditions at Angel Pet Services, including some in cages in which feces were piled up. Corson said conditions had deteriorated because she had health problems and people brought in too many animals.
Corson was charged with 10 counts of cruelty to animals and 13 counts of kennel violations under the state dog law. She could have faced jail time and thousands of dollars in fines. The ARD program allows her to clear her record if she fulfills conditions of her sentence.
|Source: PennLive - March 9, 2007|
Update posted on Mar 12, 2007 - 12:55AM
|A Dauphin County woman, who police said had more than 100 dogs and cats in her home, is facing additional charges.|
The Humane Society has filed 10 counts of animal cruelty against Linda Corson, of Dauphin.
A state dog warden filed 13 charges against Corson last week.
Those charges include failure to vaccinate the animals, failure to allow her home or dogs to be inspected and violating requirements for kennels.
|Source: WGAL - Jan 3, 2007|
Update posted on Jan 20, 2007 - 12:55AM
|The Harrisburg Humane Society is seeing a huge response from potential adoptees following an alleged animal cruelty case that brought dozens of animals into the shelter.|
The Humane Society took in 103 animals, dogs and cats, after authorities found them in what they call unsanitary conditions at the Dauphin Borough animal shelter.
Linda Corson of Dauphin Boro operated the shelter.
Her sister and business partner, Megs Brunner said they regret the condition of the shelter and admits they were in over their heads.
"Linda's only ever acted in the best interest of the pets that have been dumped on her or basically given to her," said Megs Brunner.
Charges have not been filed against Linda Corson.
Today, people came in droves to adopt the animals after hearing about the case.
"And what's really great is it's giving us a lot of positive press coverage that we really need to get some of the animals that have been here for a year or two out...not just the animals involved in this particular cruelty case," said Amy Kauna of the Harrisburg Humane Society.
The Humane Society expects all of the rescued animals to be adopted. If you are interested in adopting one of the animals, you can call the shelter at (717) 564-3320.
|Source: Yahoo News - Dec 29, 2006|
Update posted on Jan 3, 2007 - 10:05PM
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