ROOT, N.Y. -- Herbert Weich, the Montgomery County dog breeder facing an animal abuse charge, wants his pets back, his civil attorney said.
Weich, of Sprakers, was scheduled Monday evening to appear in Town of Root court on a charge failing to provide sustenance, a Class A misdemeanor. Weich's case was adjourned to allow him adequate time to meet with his lawyer.
Meanwhile, the civil case filed in Montgomery County court has all but gone away. Weich's civil case lawyer said all matters will now be handled at the town level.
"When he surrendered the dogs, the issue that was presented in Supreme Court in Montgomery County became moot," said Ronald Schur.
Schur did not want to speak about the case in detail, since he is not representing Weich in the pending criminal case, but said Weich is hoping to get at least some of the dogs he voluntarily surrendered back.
"He wants to have some of his pets, and keep them yes," said Schur.
The decision as to whether Weich will get the dogs back will be decided by the Town of Root judge. The dogs are currently being kept at Glen Highland Farm, where animal experts say the dogs are being treated for various medical issues and re-acclimating to living indoors. Weich has admitted that he didn't want to have as many dogs as he did, but he didn't have the heart to put them down for no reason.
"He found himself in a situation where he had a 'no-kill' philosophy, meaning a dog got to a certain age, rather than some places that would simply euthanize a dog, his philosophy was absolutely not," said Schur.
Weich is expected to appear back in Town of Root court sometime next month.