Proceeds from T-shirt sales benefit Animal Hospital for care of abandoned dogs

PUNXSUTAWNEY — A Punxsy woman who came to the aid of 17 dogs that were found abandoned near Stump Creek in her own way presented the fruits of her labor Monday to the facility that cared for the neglected animals.

Lynn Porada, an animal/dog lover, created 125 T-shirts bearing the phrase “Stop Animal Cruelty” and sold them over the past three weeks.

The shirts — designed by Standard Pennant — sold out, as did 12 camouflage ball caps bearing the phrase, “Stomp Out Animal Cruelty.”

Monday, Porada — accompanied by her niece, Audrey Johnson, age six — presented $1,400 to Dr. Emily Rapp and the Animal Hospital of Punxsutawney, which took in the the 17 dogs — 12 Pomeranians, two Shih Tzus and a Pinscher, among others — after they were found in the wood neat Stump CReek the weekend of May 12-13.

The donation has been earmarked for “dog rescue,” which includes medical expenses in caring for the rescued dogs, such as spaying and neutering, treatment for worms and fleas and vaccinations, Rapp said.

Last week, WJAC-TV reported that Punxsutawney-based Pennsylvania State Police had issued a non-traffic citation to Tiffany Eggleston, 37, of Columbus, Ohio.

In the citation, police said Eggleston “definitely did neglect the duty of care for 17 dogs and did abandon and deprive the dogs of necessary sustenance, drink, shelter or veterinary care and failed to provide shelter from inclement weather.”

The station said however, since the offense is not criminal, no affidavit of probable cause was provided by a district judge.

Eggleston must pay $750 in fines and $125.50 in court costs. She also must pay at least one other fee totaling $895, WJAC-TV said.

In the end, its seems as if Eggleston should have thought twice about her actions, as it was the dogs themselves that led police to her.

Rapp said once the Animal Hospital took in the dogs, staff found microchips in under the dogs’ skin. After the microchips were scanned, they revealed to whom the dogs were registered. The Animal Hospital staff then forwarded that information to the state police and the county dog warden.

Porada said it was a shame that Eggleston’s fees were barely more than Monday’s donation of $1,400.

Rapp said cases such as this occur when people take in more animals than they can handle.

“She had limits,” Rapp said.

All except one of the rescued dogs have been adopted — except Annie, who, oddly enough, was the first dog brought to the Animal Hospital after she was rescued, Rapp said.

She said one of the dogs had to have an eye removed, and was blind in the other eye. However, a man who adopted the dog planned to take her to an opthamologist in hopes of having a cataract in the dog’s eye removed, so she could see from that eye.

A lot of the rescued dogs were adopted in pairs, Rapp said, and since then, the Animal Hospital has received cards and photos of the dogs in their new homes.

Rapp and the staff have been careful about who they have adopted the dogs to, but noted, “They have gone to some wonderful homes so far.”