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Posted on: May 25, 2016

[ARCHIVED] Guilty: Holtwood Man Convicted of Keeping Bulldogs in Feces, Without Care

Daniel Lapp Kennel

A Holtwood man was convicted Tuesday of 11 counts of animal cruelty regarding the mistreatment of dogs at a kennel at his home.

District Judge Stuart Mylin convicted 35-year-old Daniel Lapp of all counts charged, following a summary trial at a Quarryville courtroom Tuesday morning.

Lapp was ordered to pay a $100 fine plus court costs on each of the 11 summary citations, along with $6,200 in restitution bills for treatment of the abuse animals.

At trial, Assistant District Attorney Christine L. Wilson presented testimony from a veterinarian, Susan Martin of LSPCA, and state police Trooper Phillip Strosser.

The witnesses testified to the conditions the animals – bulldog-type dogs - were kept in, which included feces-laden living quarters.

Witnesses also testified to injuries some of the dogs sustained, and other neglect that happened at the kennel in the 1200 block of Holtwood Road.

One dog was dead when Martin and police searched the property on Feb. 22. Ten other dogs, including four puppies, were seized, according to Wilson.

In court Tuesday, District Judge Mylin also prohibited Lapp from owning dogs for 990 days.

The investigation started when an anonymous tip was provided to officials about conditions at the property.

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