A Lancaster County dog breeder accused of performing a medical procedure on a puppy’s eye with a hot kitchen knife pleaded guilty, according to the SPCA and Lancaster County Detectives.
According to the joint statement, Ray Martin of New Holland pleaded guilty to charges of “ruthless abuse of an animal in his care and causing physical harm” to animal cruelty.
In 2020, the PSPCA’s Humane Law Enforcement team was contacted by a veterinarian about an English Bulldog puppy purchased from Martin.
According to the SPCA, the puppy was missing part of its eye anatomy and had no surgical or veterinary records. No explanation for the condition was given to the new owner.
Investigators found that 49-year-old Matin removed a cherry eye from the puppy, which is an inflamed or herniated gland in the third eyelid, the SPCA said. To do this, he heated a knife, burned it, and then cut out the cherry eye in his kitchen.
This was done without anesthesia or painkillers, said the SPCA.
Martin’s plea forced him to hand over 17 dogs to the SPCA on June 30, along with two years of unsupervised probation. He is prohibited from owning, contacting, controlling, owning or making financial profit with dogs for five years.
“This animal cruelty case is particularly appalling,” said Nicole Wilson, director of Humane Law Enforcement and Shelter Operations for the Pennsylvania SPCA. “In this case, the perpetrator took the medical care of this innocent puppy into his own hands, without considering the pain and suffering of this vulnerable animal.”
Anyone with information about animal cruelty in Pennsylvania is encouraged to call the SPCA Cruelty Hotline at (866) 601-SPCA.
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