Benjamin S. Stoltzfus, 33, of Quarryville, Pennsylvania, has pleaded guilty of Animal cruelty for neglecting his sick puppy named Libre. I reported the story a few months ago, and since then, there has been an outpouring of support for the sick boxer puppy.
A somber looking Stoltzfus stood before Magisterial District Judge Stuart Mylin, before addressing her to admit his guilt. She ordered him to pay a fine of $904.97 in restitution and court fees. Stoltzfus admitted to the judge that he purposely withheld medical care from Libre, hoping that he would die because he could not afford medical care after he fell gravely ill.
Libre was eventually rescued and brought to the Dillsburg Veterinary Center, where he received critical care for a bacterial infection, malnutrition, and severe mange. Libre was so weak went he got the clinic, in fact, he could barely lift his head to acknowledge anyone. Thankfully, Libre has recovered and was recently adopted by one of his rescuers.
The case gained national headlines because executive director of the Lancaster County SPCA Susan Martin was forced to resign after she refused to investigate Stolzfus citing “lack of evidence.” After public pressure mounted, she relinquished her authority to investigate animal cruelty cases in the county, and eventually resigned her position.