Saturday, September 5, 2009

Rabbits, ducks, dogs, goats: More than 100 animals seized

The Lycoming County Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals is seeking responsible people to take in more than 100 animals seized from a Cogan Station man's home.

David Fricke of 1428 Dauber Road pleaded guilty Wednesday to animal cruelty charges when he appeared before District Judge James H. Sortman.

The SPCA went to Fricke's home July 23 and Aug. 27 and has since been caring for the assorted animals. Humane Officer Lawrence D. Woltz said the agency is seeking homes for them.

He said about 15 rabbits confiscated already have been adopted, and about 20 more rabbits still are in need of homes.

Woltz said other animals also are in need of responsible owners, including 45 chickens, 14 ducks, six dogs, six goats, two guinea pigs and a pony.

Larger animals are being temporarily sheltered by Appalachian Horse Help and Rescue in Linden.

Alerted by a Dauber Road resident, Woltz said he responded to the Fricke residence.

When Woltz observed an apparent lack of food, shelter and evidence of animal illness, he contacted veterinarians..." More