Lancaster County DA Craig Stedman refused to prosecute breeders on Oprah show.
It has been almost two years since Oprah featured Lancaster County's puppy mills on her popular television show. Shortly after the broadcast, Main Line Animal Rescue met with agents from the PSPCA and together provided the Lancaster County District Attorney's Office with enough evidence to close many of those kennels down. The Lancaster County District Attorney sat on the evidence and did nothing to help the dogs in those facilities. People from around the world wanted the breeders on the show prosecuted. District Attorney Craig Stedman refused. Stedman had two years in which to prosecute breeders who broke their dogs jaws and allowed their "breeding stock" to suffer with serious infections causing blindness and cauliflower ears; dogs crippled with serious orthopedic problems; a dog dripping blood as her constant straining pushed bladder stones the size of doorknobs through the lining of her uterus. Stedman had two years in which to prosecute the commercial breeders who hurt these animals but he sat on the evidence and allowed these men to continue to hurt the thousands of dogs in their kennels.
This little dog was rescued as part of the Oprah investigation. The day she was rescued, we noticed that her jaw had been broken. All the evidence from that investigation (medical documentation, photographs, etc.) involving many of the dogs featured on the program was given to ADA Christie Wilson in the Lancaster County District Attorney's Office. Wilson and Stedman failed to prosecute the breeders responsible for hurting the dogs featured on Oprah, but this didn't stop Wilson from asking us to get her on the program. Embarrassed by the request, we never discussed Wilson with the show's producers.
This dog was rescued from another Lancaster County breeding facility, Sam King's Country Lane Kennel, in March of last year. Not only did the state dog wardens walk by this dog during routine inspections and failed to help him, once MLAR was able to negotiate his release, the Lancaster DA's office failed to prosecute King for abusing and neglecting this poor animal. Flies crawled in and out of the hole where his eye should have been.