Raid leads to charges against woman, 70 Investigators: Filthy kennel on property
BY BRETT HAMBRIGHT, Staff Writer
A 70-year-old Christiana woman is charged with operating a filthy dog kennel without a license, court documents show.
State dog wardens raided Annie S. Esh's property last month and found dozens of dogs -- including many animals living in dire conditions -- according to the documents.
Warden Travis Hess charged Esh on Friday with a pair of misdemeanors -- operating an unlicensed kennel and failure to maintain a kennel.
Esh was mailed the charges and is expected to appear for a preliminary hearing May 10 in Intercourse, documents show.
During the March 18 raid, wardens found at least 24 dogs and puppies at 161 Clover Hill Road, an arrest affidavit shows. At least two other puppies had recently been sold, the affidavit shows.
Any property that houses or sells more than 25 dogs in a year qualifies as a kennel and requires a state license, the affidavit shows.
Esh admitted to the warden that some of the dogs had been bred, Hess writes in the affidavit.
The wardens also found "excessive amounts" of waste in the dogs' living areas, the affidavit shows.
It wasn't Esh's first run-in with dog-law officials. She was charged last year with a number of summary violations regarding her keeping of dogs, court records show.
In the latest case, she faces a potential jail sentence on the two third-degree misdemeanors.