A Quarryville woman will be on probation for two years after pleading guilty to animal cruelty charges in Lancaster County Court on Thursday.
Annie Beiler, 47, is also required to surrender the two dogs on her property to the Pennsylvania SPCA and is prohibited from owning animals for two years, according to the plea accepted by Judge Howard Knisely.
Humane law officers seized 15 dogs from Beiler's Quarryville farm on May 24, 2018, according to the PSPCA. An adult husky and two Doberman pinschers had been debarked. The process of devocalization involves shoving a rod-like object into the dogs' vocal chords, according to the PSPCA. Nine puppies had been improperly docked by rubber bands placed on the tail.
Beiler was charged in August 2018 with 14 counts of animal cruelty and one count of neglect.
In the plea arranged by Assistant District Attorney Mark Fetterman, Beiler admitted guilt to one misdemeanor count each of cruelty to animals and neglect of animals as well as four summary counts of cruelty to animals.
Knisely sentenced her to two years of unsupervised probation on the misdemeanor charges and ordered her to pay a $25 fine per each of the four summary offenses.
Knisely asked Beiler if she wanted to make a comment.
"No, your honor," she said.
Beiler hired Denise Felling, a formerly licensed Iowa veterinarian, to debark the animals, according to the PSPCA. Felling was charged with debarking the husky on Beiler's farm as well as three other dogs in Lancaster County in Jan. 2018.
Felling pleaded guilty to four counts of debarking in February, was sentenced up to 23 months in prison and released on credit for time served.