[State Dog Warden Orlando] Aguirre said he and two other dog wardens went to the kennel on April 27 for an unannounced inspection and discovered the bichons frises with heavily matted hair and living in unsanitary conditions, which he detailed through a series of photos he presented as evidence. He said Winkler gave up the dogs, which she had recently received from other shelters. Aguirre testified she later admitted they were not rescued dogs.
Dr. Alysia Deaven of Jonestown, Lebanon County, testified the heavily matted hair — a combination of tangled hair, dirt, feces and urine — would have taken “at least a year” to get that way. “Of the thousand dogs I have seen, these were the worst matted dogs I have seen,” she said.
Aguirre said he came back to the kennel on April 28, gave a cease-and-desist order to Winkler and Deppen, and Winkler gave up a sick border collie.
Dr. Korin Mediate of Schuylkill Haven, Schuylkill County, testified the collie was so emaciated, “it is a surprise the body was functioning.”
Regarding the Neapolitan Mastiffs that the dog warden posted a veterinary care order for and returned 4 days later to find one dead in a wheel barrow, Mr. Aguirre “testified Winkler tried to pin the dog’s death on him.”
[Dr. Charles]Westfield testified none of the dogs appeared to have been abused or neglected and only one animal appeared to need immediate veterinary care.
Attorney Patrick Reilly, who represents the kennel owners, accused Aguirre of making sexual advances toward Winkler, but [the judge] cut him off, saying that wasn’t what the hearing was about.
The case is set to resume at “an unannounced date”.
There has been an ongoing discussion on the topic posted in a public forum on Neapolitan Mastiffs since the story broke.