More charges filed in local dog case

By BEN KLEIN

bklein@timesobserver.com

Further charges have been filed against a Warren County non-profit organization.

New Hope Assistance Dogs, 3 Scott Run Rd., and Barbara Ruhlman, Youngsville, faces four new charges of animal cruelty.

Two citations were filed on Sept. 30 by Humane Officer Karen Kolos against Ruhlman after seven dogs were allegedly found “neglected and failed to provide proper shelter, potable water and sanitary living conditions” for a total of $294 in fines.

Two other citations were filed on Sept. 30 by Kolos against New Hope Assistance Dogs after four dogs were allegedly found “neglected, failed to provide sanitary living conditions, and potable water” for a total of $694 in fines.

According to its website, New Hope “provides highly skilled mobility, autism related, hearing and therapy dogs for people with disabilities.”

Charges were previously filed against New Hope Assistance Dogs on Sept. 20 by Pennsylvania Dog Warden Amy Tyger after an inspection with Warren County Humane Officer Tera Darts on Aug. 28.

The state charges stemming from that inspection include eight variations of the summary offense: failure to keep kennel in sanitary and humane condition. They touch on food, shelter, records, cleaning, drainage, safety, vaccinations, and the exercise area.