19 Dogs Found in ‘Deplorable Conditions’ Taken Away from Breeder

CONYNGHAM TOWNSHIP -- Nineteen dogs were taken away from a breeder and put into the care of the Luzerne County SPCA.

Humane officers said the stench inside the home was so powerful it actually stung their eyes. They even found some dogs outside the house when it was just five degrees outside.

State police said the dogs did not have any food and their water was frozen.

This photo shows just one of 19 dogs taken away from a breeder near Wapwallopen on New Year’s Eve.

Humane officers with the Luzerne County SPCA said it was hard to even be inside the home on Cemetery Road because the smell was so bad.

“The dogs were in cages for the most part living in feces and urine. Water bowls turned upside down and urine in the water bowls that were turned right side up,” Luzerne County SPCA Humane Officer Wayne Harvey said.

According to a search warrant, the house in Conyngham Township belongs to John Dancho. His daughters, Ashley and Amanda Dancho owned the dogs but did not live in the house.

Humane officers said they were selling Shih Tzus and German Shorthairs in these conditions for $850 each.

“This is a good example of a backyard breeder making lots of money off the animals. They are their welfare,” Harvey said.

Dottie Briggs could hear the dogs barking in the freezing temperatures all morning and night.

She actually led state police to the house on one of the coldest days of the winter, New Year’s Eve.

“The day (state police) finally came, no one even was there that whole day to feed them,” Briggs said.

There were 17 other dogs that were outside the home that day. Humane officers say that if they had been outside for much longer, the dogs could have been seriously hurt.

“We got a hold of the owners of the animals at that time made them remove the dogs that were outside and put them in their vans, take them to their house and get them in warm surroundings,” Harvey said.

State police have since checked in with the owners and those 17 dogs are in fact inside for shelter.

The 19 dogs that were inside the home are now in the care of the Luzerne County SPCA.

Officials there said they are not available for adoption right now.

“In our care, they are surprisingly doing well. They are warm, fed, being cleaned up as we speak,” Luzerne County SPCA Executive Director Todd Hevner said.

Humane officers said no charges have been filed yet, but they are pending.

Dottie Briggs said the timing of it all really made her think.

“It was about three minutes before midnight and I turned around and said to my husband, 'Happy New Year's for the dogs. They are starting a new life,’” Briggs said.

Humane officers said this is still an open investigation.

47 comments

  • Kris Bowman

    What do grizzlies, sociopaths, Hitler and abortion have to do with stupid people only out to make a buck or two from selling puppies? These people should be fined, loose ALL of the dogs, and be made to either clean that house out, or pay someone to do it. Under orders from the “authorities”. Andddd, never be allowed to have animals again of any kind.

  • matt edwards

    are our laws that stupid that when a ‘humane officer’ found what he found there to give the ANIMALS THAT OWNED THE DOGS , 17 DOGS BACK AND TOLD THEM TO WARM THEM UP? MY GOD. THEY SHOULDN’T BE GIVEN A PILE OF FECES LET ALONE A LIVING ANIMAL ! LETS PUT THEIR PICTURES UP ON THE SCREEN.

  • Not A Baby Boomer Sociopath

    King of sociopaths

    I wasn’t aware that Adolf Hitler was our President. No, wait – Stalin? Amin? The next seven years are really going to suck for you, aren’t they? GOOD! Go find your safe space, attend a rally, and go watch some Sponge Bob. The adults are still in charge and paying your bills.

    Stalin would be close,

    Facisim form of radical authoritarian nationalism, characterized by dictatorial power, forcible suppression of opposition and control of industry and commerce

    I think we nailed that one.

    If you think that this president gives one little care about you then you either are delusional or have more than 10 Million dollars in the bank.

    7 Years? Really? The only way he gets another term is if the democrats run another Loser like Clinton again. Oh wait surprised? Im not for clinton… you mean there are more sides to this than what Main Stream media, and State TV Fox news tells you.

    • Still crazy after all these years

      “Stalin would be close”. What liberties have you lost? You truly are insane, please seek professional help. “There are more sides to this” No, no they’re aren’t. A vote for anyone other than a Republican or Democratic Presidential candidate is a wasted vote and a convictionless cowards way to smugly say ‘I didn’t vote for either one.’ Well guess what – you still lost and will continue to lose. Goodbye, I’m done talking to a coward.

      • Not A Baby Boomer Sociopath

        4th amendment is gutted thanks to that “Patriot Act”. NSA does bulk data collection… News is allowed to publish propaganda thanks to DACA. You are living in a fantasy land if you think that you are in the land of the free.

        Hey at least you still have your Guns because of the 2nd amendment, protection from a tyrannical government. lot of good that does when the elite have drones that can kill thousands from 40000 feet.

  • Not A Baby Boomer Sociopath

    Concerned citizen is a fool

    “Human DNA doesn’t make us any more or less special than a dog”. Umm, yes it does. Humans were made to have dominion over all forms of life. That’s not to say that we shouldn’t respect and care for those forms of life appropriately. You may identify being an equal with a dog or hamster, but I (and most people with common sense) recognize the difference. Dog ‘babies’ are called puppies by the way. And I love my dog, great companion.

    What conceit. Humans were “Made”. Im glad to see that science has passed you by.

    Lets lock you in a room with a grizzly bear with nothing but what you came with when you were “Made” and will see who has dominion over life,

    • Stay the course, millennial snowflake

      Wow, aren’t you the indoctrinated little subject? Well done and congratulations to your handlers, they’ve done a good job on you. Unlike a grizzly bear, mankind has learned to provide and defend itself. My .44 magnum will take that grizzly down, as it has with several whitetail deer to feed my family. Let that sink in after you’re done hyperventilating. Let me guess, you’re a vegan too? Science hasn’t passed me by, but I see common sense and any wisdom has been lost on you. Oh, I don’t think Obama is a sociopath, just a lousy president.

      • Not A Baby Boomer Sociopath

        I said you had nothing but what you came with when you were “Made”. Apparently reading comprehension wasn’t your thing.

        Vegan, no, I like my steak rare.

        P.S. Obama is a sociopath, same with every president back to good old Ronnie.

  • Almost the news

    Nice to see that people can flag my comment about abortion, but people that threaten the dog owners with physical harm and wish they would burn in hell get a free pass. Great job, WNEP – keep showing your true colors with censorship and bias. I love dogs by the way and condemn the abuse of any animal, but people are silent when it comes to the unborn and homeless. THINK POSITIVE – what you say is true, but I would be willing to wager that there’s a disproportionate number of people that love animals that approve of abortion, and that’s just wrong.

  • Dave

    A hugeness question I have is why did they not take the others 17 dogs that were left outside? That makes absolutely no sense!!! Also, hope these trashy pigs get prosecuted under the new animal neglect law! I only live a few miles from there. I’d gladly hand out some street justice to these people and let them feel some pain. This really makes me mad. The SPCA needs to go back for the remaining animals.

  • DogMom

    I pray these babies are never returned to these people. SHAME SHAME SHAME on you. Selling for 850.00 each and living as they were. I hope they never allow you another animal.

    • Please

      They aren’t babies. They are dogs. And, sadly, anyone can own a dog or produce their own human offspring without consequences.

      The breeders in this situation will have their operation shut down and they will pay some fines. Then, they will start up another operation under a different business name and all of the millennial females will be paying their month’s rent to purchase an inbred, sick, and disordered toy that they can carry around in a doggie purse.

      • CONCERNEDCITIZEN

        Millennials are more ethically aware than many of their counterparts, statistically speaking. Anyway, I do agree that there should be standards in place for breeding humans, but I do not believe other animals should be bred, seeing that it is done without their consent. I don’t understand why you are bothered by someone calling the dogs “babies”. They have sentience levels that can range between a 1-5 year-old child. Human DNA doesn’t make us more or less special than a dog.

      • Almost the news

        “Millennials are more ethically aware than many of their counterparts, statistically speaking”. Care to mention those statistics, or did you just use the PIDOOMA method of reasoning? And we would like to see something more credible than a study done at some liberal university that only gets information that supports its position.

      • Concerned citizen is a fool

        “Human DNA doesn’t make us any more or less special than a dog”. Umm, yes it does. Humans were made to have dominion over all forms of life. That’s not to say that we shouldn’t respect and care for those forms of life appropriately. You may identify being an equal with a dog or hamster, but I (and most people with common sense) recognize the difference. Dog ‘babies’ are called puppies by the way. And I love my dog, great companion.

      • Not A Baby Boomer Sociopath

        Baby boomers are a generation of sociopaths. They elected the king of the Sociopaths as president.

        Now to clarify so I dont hurt your little brain. I didn’t say all baby boomers are sociopaths, most of them.

        They went from “Love is All you need” to “He who dies with the most toys wins.”
        If it doesn’t happen in their lifetime it doesn’t matter.

        All the baby boomers were handed everything and they took it all.

      • King of sociopaths

        I wasn’t aware that Adolf Hitler was our President. No, wait – Stalin? Amin? The next seven years are really going to suck for you, aren’t they? GOOD! Go find your safe space, attend a rally, and go watch some Sponge Bob. The adults are still in charge and paying your bills.

      • Not A Baby Boomer Sociopath

        Stalin was a Facist.
        Facism form of radical authoritarian nationalism, characterized by dictatorial power, forcible suppression of opposition and control of industry and commerce.

        Seems Donny Tinyhands fits there, and Bill Clinton, and Obama, HW Bush, W Bush… same with that evil thing that ran against Tinyhands.

        They are all corrupt, the game is rigged, you aren’t in the club, get over it.

  • Jasmine Rodriguez

    I hope these dog breeders are left with no dogs. Yes they should be charged immediately. Pass law #zerodogbreeding. People.

  • Arlo

    Id like to take these friggn scum bags…..tie a leash around their neck or lock them up in a cage outside with no food or water……POS……scum of the earth!

    • i_see_losers

      Thumbs down to Jasmine and Arlo? Must be friends and/or family of the Danchos…how adorable defending them of their heinous acts.

      • Is that so?

        No, thumbs down to zealots that wish physical harm to HUMAN BEINGS that mis-treated ANIMALS. Put the pitchforks and torches away folks and let the justice system do its thing. Wow…

  • Nana

    I am happy the ASPCA exists what else would do gooder fat girls do. Not one commercial about homeless Humans out in the cold!!!!

    • gregsmalley

      Hey Nana, here’s a news flash– local SPCA’s are completely independent of, and do not receive funding from, the national ASPCA (except for occasional grants). And are you volunteering to be the fat girl model for the homeless humans commercial?? Bless you!

    • Jd

      Most of those homeless humans are American citizens that lost their jobs and their homes and the system completely failed them, because it’s more important to protect illegal aliens for the almighty Democratic vote! Look at California! Sanctuary State!

      • Tent Living Rocks

        Although the homeless discussion has nothing to do with this article and the fact that the “breeders” were allowed to retain any of their property, California may appear to be a sanctuary state, but only for the very, very wealthy, or the very, very disordered.

        San Diego has, in the last 8 months, created about 2200 new homeless people because speculators have purchased rental properties and raised the rent by 400% and most of these people are employed and cannot afford the rent hikes or the cost to relocate. Thank goodness, there are “safe lots” where the homeless can park their cars, at night, and sleep in them with their families and meager belongings without fear of being ticketed or harassed. From 10pm until 6am, the homeless can be in the lots while charity workers hand out mylar blankets and care packages with crackers and water.

      • Jd

        Tent: point is, homeless citizens are at the mercy of other human beings, and so are these dogs. If you can’t afford or be responsible for animals, don’t have them. And if we can’t take care of American citizens first, it’s senseless to bring more poor people into this country.

    • Not A Baby Boomer Sociopath

      Dogs are just better than people, and your comment proved it. I know why you don’t understand the kids today, it is because they actually care about others, and things that will happen in the future outside their lifetime.

      If you hadn’t noticed some cities have made it illegal to feed the homeless, or give then clothes on the street. The Baby boomers that are runing this country are a bunch of sociopaths.

      • Sure they do

        Millennials care about others. Yeah, I see a lot of that with Antifa. Or the ones that protest free speech that they don’t agree with. Go smoke some more dope and default on your loans, the boomers that aren’t afraid to work will pick up the slack, like we always have.

      • Facts please

        What cities? I think I (and lots of others) understand kids today just fine. A lot of them are spoiled, entitled, lazy, ungrateful, disrespectful brats that don’t even know how to change a flat tire and think someone else should pay for their existence.

      • Not A Baby Boomer Sociopath

        Don’t know why I am arguing with this group of sociopaths. It is like competing in the special olympics; even if you win you are still retarded.

      • How nice of you

        How nice of you to kindly, more gently – wait -what was the phrase you used? Oh yeah: ETHICALLY AWARE describe members of the population that have learning disabilities. Thanks for showing your true colors hypocrite. If that’s how millennials describe the people they care for over the ‘sociopaths’… In the end your kind will always lose, get used to it.

      • WTH?

        Kids today care? Only when they can post something to FB, YT, or tweet about it. Instagrim. All narcissistic jagoffs and THEY are the ones buying these inbred puppies for $850 without one shred of understanding that a dog is a responsibility, not a toy.

        NOT A BABY BOOMER SOCIOPATH, you’re right. You’re no baby-boomer sociopath, but just a run-of-the-mill BikeLockGuy type. Now, run along before your pumpkin-spice-soy-latte gets cold.

  • Confused

    Did I read this correctly, that there are 17 dogs that are still in the owners “care”? While there were 19 that we’re taken?! Why on earth would they leave ANY of the dogs there?

    • people are horrid

      I agree! Unacceptable! So much for upping the ante for punishment for animal cruelty! Posting this story to Wolf’s page and emphasizing there are still 17 dogs on the premises. I think their neighbors should form a coup and take the dogs away from them period.

  • burtfan16

    I remember my dad told me once that people who treat animals badly treat other people even worse. Obviously these two daughters are already damaged goods at the father’s hand, let’s hope it doesn’t spread. These girls could have children already. God help them.

  • Butch

    I’d like to volunteer my time to help “rehabilitate” the owner’s of these dogs…I believe after that after 30 minutes or so they’d see the light. Of course, we’d need some other volunteers to clean up the mess when I’m done.

      • Butch

        Hmmm…ya got me thinking, you’re right – I should take this opportunity to donate a little more to the ASPCA (keyboard commando) that’s a good one!

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