Almost Heaven dog shelter shut down

Full story: The Morning Call

Derbe ''Skip'' Eckhart's troubled and defiant run as a kennel operator ended abruptly Tuesday when state investigators raided his Upper Milford Township property, seized 211 ''scared, dirty and matted'' dogs and put him out of business.
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fatboy2

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Jun 24, 2009
 
Awesome job to everyone involved in rescuing the animals. This owner is a jerk and needs to be locked up.
Animal Lover

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Jun 24, 2009
 
Bless you wonderful people for coming in and taking those darling dogs. Thank you so much. They will finally be in good hands. This will hopefully send a message to those others who breed dogs for profit, but also never care for the dogs as if they are just worthless. The owners of this place really need to spend time in jail. And I hope they go after the pet store in Fogelsville where the daughter took the puppies to sell. My daughter was in there once and said that it smelled so bad she had to leave. Thank you again kind people! These deserving dogs will get a happy home!!
Bethlehem Animal lover

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Jun 24, 2009
 
IT'S ABOUT TIME! This should not have gone on this long..........
wow

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Jun 24, 2009
 
This is all great and all BUT... whats up with letting is scum keep 25 dogs? How did they determine what 25 would stay? If they let him keep 25 how is that shurrting him down? What Have I missed here? What happens with the porr 25 that have to stay in that hell hole.
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Jun 24, 2009
 
Good bye Skippy! He's not the only one to blame here. He had a family living in the house on site, too. Where are they? One adughter had parties there while these animals were suffering in the backyard with no food/water. ALL SCUMBAGS on that property. Please do us a favor and move away. You're not wanted here.
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Jun 24, 2009
 
Revision: daughter
Smilin Bob

Emmaus, PA

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Jun 24, 2009
 
Finally.
Mainia

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Jun 24, 2009
 
GREAT! And yes, they will all be taken to the pet store off of Route 100 in Fogelsville. I noticed last time Almost Heaven was raided people were picketing this pet store- DO IT AGAIN! These poor animals... thank you to everyone who assisted in shutting down Skippy:)
Unhappy in Lehigh

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Jun 24, 2009
 
wow wrote:
This is all great and all BUT... whats up with letting is scum keep 25 dogs? How did they determine what 25 would stay? If they let him keep 25 how is that shurrting him down? What Have I missed here? What happens with the porr 25 that have to stay in that hell hole.
Well, by law, he can have 25 dogs--laws are laws... they shut him down as a business, but the dogs are his property and he's permitted up to 25...

As for which, I suspect they left the healthiest of the lot... I also sounds like the locals will cut that number in half shortly, but I do agree--those dogs that remain could be in for a rough time... Then again, a dozen may be all this guy can handle properly...
Snoopy

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Jun 24, 2009
 
I dont know but I didnt see the animals in that bad a shape, hell my neighbors dog looked worse.

Since: Oct 08

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Jun 24, 2009
 
Oh, happy day!
Get A Job

Allentown, PA

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Jun 24, 2009
 
Thank God this guy is done! Shame is he will just do it again somewhere! They should LOCK him up and let him live in his own filth!!!
wow

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Jun 24, 2009
 
Unhappy in Lehigh wrote:
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Well, by law, he can have 25 dogs--laws are laws... they shut him down as a business, but the dogs are his property and he's permitted up to 25...
As for which, I suspect they left the healthiest of the lot... I also sounds like the locals will cut that number in half shortly, but I do agree--those dogs that remain could be in for a rough time... Then again, a dozen may be all this guy can handle properly...
yeah i understand where your coming from with the laws and I read the part about it being cut down again because of local ordinances but Thinking of the dogs here they shouldj have just removed them all at this point. Noe of them should have been left behind for this jerk to abuse. Thanks for the feedback..
Macungie Resident

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Jun 24, 2009
 
I think they should make in live in the feces that these poor dogs had to live in and see how he like it!! Every single animal should have been taken from him period and the laws SUCK!!!! He is going to treat the other 25 dogs the same way and yet we are going to let these poor animals suffer? GREAT legal system we have!!! By law he can have 25 yet the township says one can only have 6!!! Hummmmm.........see something wrong with this picture??
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Jun 24, 2009
 
He's allowed to keep 25???? And what took them so long to remove this many???? OUTRAGEOUS!!!!
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Jun 24, 2009
 
I hope they start investigating Wentz Canine in the Lamar Shopping Center at Rt. 100 and Main Street Fogelsville next. We used to stop in there often to see the dogs but the last couple times we stopped in a lot of the dogs looked sick and it smelled horrible in there. The one Golden Retreiver sat in the corner of the box and was breathing really heavy and shaking. I brought it to the worker's attention and she said oh he's just scared - BULL! I have two dogs right now and dogs all my life and that poor little thing was sick not scared. The last time I was in there they didn't have many dogs at all so I wonder if something happened?
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Jun 24, 2009
 
If they took this family and put them in a cage with no food or water and let them dye of starvation we wouldn't have this on going problem. By the way where do they keep coming up with all these dogs? That family should be burn't at the stack problem over. Those cruel bastards.
Unhappy in Lehigh wrote:
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Well, by law, he can have 25 dogs--laws are laws... they shut him down as a business, but the dogs are his property and he's permitted up to 25...
As for which, I suspect they left the healthiest of the lot... I also sounds like the locals will cut that number in half shortly, but I do agree--those dogs that remain could be in for a rough time... Then again, a dozen may be all this guy can handle properly...
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Jun 24, 2009
 
Am I the only person who doesn't understand this whole situation...I thought he was shut down before..lilke for good....and now again, the headlines are..."shut down" . What about next month when they show up and rescue another 250 dogs, are they gonna shut him down again? Lock him up already! Were already feeding hundreds of prisoners with our tax payer money, what's one more? It's saving those 250 dogs from filth is what it is.
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Jun 24, 2009
 
wow wrote:
This is all great and all BUT... whats up with letting is scum keep 25 dogs? How did they determine what 25 would stay? If they let him keep 25 how is that shurrting him down? What Have I missed here? What happens with the porr 25 that have to stay in that hell hole.
What you missed was third grade spelling.
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amanda wrote:
I hope they start investigating Wentz Canine in the Lamar Shopping Center at Rt. 100 and Main Street Fogelsville next. We used to stop in there often to see the dogs but the last couple times we stopped in a lot of the dogs looked sick and it smelled horrible in there. The one Golden Retreiver sat in the corner of the box and was breathing really heavy and shaking. I brought it to the worker's attention and she said oh he's just scared - BULL! I have two dogs right now and dogs all my life and that poor little thing was sick not scared. The last time I was in there they didn't have many dogs at all so I wonder if something happened?
People and Dogs are very much alike.

A dog breathing heavy and shaking is not normal.

If the worker at the kennel was breathing heavy and shaking you could bet that something tramatic occurred.

A dog is not scared for no reason at all.

The response for a dog being scared is to bark as a self defense mechanism.

If something happened to the dog, then the heavy breathing and shaking would be in line with the dog trying to cope with a trauma.

So,,, what do you think ???????

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