Dogs Apparently Left to Suffer With Infections in Filth Deserve Justice

Target: Heather L. Adams, District Attorney of Lancaster County, PA

Goal: Punish man accused of keeping dogs with numerous infected wounds in unsafe kennels.

A Pennsylvania clan has allegedly made animal cruelty a family business, all under the not-so-watchful eye of regional authorities. The Esh family’s brushes with potential animal welfare violations date back 25 years and three generations. The latest visit from the state’s Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) resulted in the seizure of over a dozen dogs, the possible seizure of four dozen more, and animal cruelty charges for Daniel Esh, his wife Verna, and their son Omar.

In the recent incident, inspectors found several dogs on the family’s premises reportedly suffering from numerous infections everywhere from the ears to the paws. The living conditions for these animals were also apparently abysmal. Just a few months prior, Daniel Esh had been prohibited from having any dogs for a year because of previous charges. In fact, over the years this family (including Daniel Esh’s parents) has earned 40-plus citations for animal welfare issues.

What have all of these charges cost the Eshes?  Apparently, the answer is a couple of thousand dollars in fines and not a day in jail. The family has reportedly even operated several kennels simply by changing the kennels’ names when they are shut down. Despite the clear pattern of seeming abuse, the individuals have allegedly talked and pled their way out of any serious or lasting repercussions.

While Daniel and Verna Esh have already had their day in court, their son’s hearing is still upcoming and represents the last opportunity to hold this family to account. Sign the petition below to demand prosecutors seek nothing less than the maximum punishment for this man if he is deemed guilty.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Ms. Adams,

Serial criminals typically operate unhindered because they commit their atrocities in secret and are able to evade capture. In your jurisdiction, however, three alleged serial criminals have reportedly done their worst in full daylight and with the knowledge of authorities. For two-and-a-half decades, the Esh family has faced accusations of animal cruelty no less than 40 times. With every new accusation, these people pledge to change their ways and pay off a paltry sum, the apparent price for continued alleged criminal activity.

This disgrace and utter failure of the legal system must stop now. Omar Esh’s day in court is soon to come. Make accountability and enforcement matter this time. Prosecute with vigilance and seek the strongest possible penalty in the event of a conviction or guilty plea.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

Photo Credit: Eva Holderegger


84 Comments

  1. Julia Edinger says:

    OMG!!! THAT “EVIL BEING” DESERVES TO BE SEVERELY PUNISHED…. I’M BETTING HE IS A VERY DANGEROUS DEMON,,,,ANIMAL’S AN CHILDREN ARE IN SERIOUS DANGER !!!

  2. These people need to be banned from owning any animals EVER. It is disgusting that the authorities in PA have let this pattern of abuse go on for so many years. Not just a fine &/or jail time.. BUT NOT ALLOWED TO HAVE ANIMALS FOREVER. these people have no care for animals & no respect for the laws of their state.

  3. Diane johnson says:

    FOR GOD SAKES MS. ADAMS WHAT ISIT GOING TO TAKE FOR YOU TO PUT AN END TO THESE POS!!!! PLEASE DO THE RIGHT THING AND GiVE THEM MAX FELONY PENALTY AND NEVER NEVER LET THEM OWN OR BE AROUND ANY DOGS OR ANY OTHER ANIMALS!!

  4. How does this Esh Trash get away with it??!! Dog abuse is a FELONY!!! Have Them REPORT Monthly where they are and what they’re doing and if they do anything with animals they are immediately sent to prison, it’s the only way to stop this evil, non-caring monster is trash!! This is there multiple offence, its prison time!!
    !!

  5. Every animal must be removed from these horrors…and the abusers must be PERMANENTLY REMOVED FROM SOCIETY FOREVER. THEY ARE A MENACE TO ANIMALS AND HUMANS ALIKE. IN MY OPINION

    • Patricia Lamonica says:

      EXACTLY CORRECT CAROLYN!!!! EXACUTE THEM AND GET THEM OUT OF OUR SOCIETY!!!!

      • I agree!! The only way to stop this and any other animal abuse is to execute all of these psychotic bastards so others will know they can’t get away with it and they won’t be able to breed and raise more evil trash!!! You can’t rehab this!! Get rid of them!!

  6. There’s ZERO excuse for abuse!! Capital punishment for nefarious sub-human evil scum. In addition, the scum should receive the same abuse that they inflicted upon their innocent victims(s) by ten fold.

  7. Janice Callihan says:

    I definitely agree!

  8. Two and a half decades? This legal chain definitely needs to be investigated and over hauled!

    PUNISH THESE GREEDY BASTARDS!!!!!!

  9. What a shame that animals have to endure endless years of abuse because our archaic laws and inept justice system can’t be of hope to the abused animals and instead a way for abusers to continue torturing innocent animals!! This has to change and the monsters pay for their crimes!!

  10. The entire facmily needs serious jail time. And the agency that is supposed to be watching them needs to do their job or be fired. This is beyond disgusting.

  11. There is NO EXCUSE for this. This POS needs to rot in jail, then in hell.

  12. Janice Johnson says:

    Why have authorities allowed this to go on for so long? They are in part to blame also. These people should be monitored for the rest of their evil lives. Jail time, and lots of it plus fines is needed. Consequences for actions are severely needed. Authorities need to do the job!

  13. Fucking inbreed amish assholes why arent’t they locked away for good!! Poor dogs!!!!

  14. what is wrong with the so called justice system? with the history these people have why didn’t they take every animal away from them? how stupid are these people to leave even a goldfish with these lowlifes. get them out of there then prosecute the POS

  15. All the comments made about these evil people have expressed exactly how I feel. This horrendous family should NEVER have any contact with any animals. This best solution is to put them ALL in prison until they die and this hopefully keeps them from ever abusing these innocent animals again.

  16. Debra Broach says:

    With these morons being repeat offenders, why aren’t their evil asses in jail? God I say it and will keep saying it until I am blue in the face …. THE JUSTICE SYSTEMS ARE JUST SO DAM STUPID!!!!! Puppy mills all over everywhere now need to be shut down and outlawed. These people don’t take care of their animals anymore and wind up causing their illnesses, suffering and death. It’s been happening … OVER and OVER and OVER. Those people need to be checked on at least once a week and not years apart. This is exactly the reason these pieces of crap are getting away with what they are doing. They know they will not get regularly checked on and won’t suffer consequences other than a tap (not a slap) TAP! on the wrist. Jail all their behinds for as many years as they have been running that death trap. They are despicable and the law systems are PATHETIC!!!!!!!!

  17. Lawrence Holtzman says:

    What the hell is the matter with these inhumane humans. They are sick, animals take care of each other better then these so-called people!!!

  18. For 25 years?! Where has the law enforcement been & what have they been doing for the good of those dogs? Somebody needs to start doing a better job. The justice department seem to be too lax on punishment also.

  19. Melinda Maddox says:

    What is wrong with all the judges that have seen these years of court appearance and not put these people under the jail?!?!?!
    25 years!?!?!? Who’s paying off the judges?? This country has animal abuse laws yet these horrible people have skated on just fines!!!!! They are people that need some serious jail time!!!

  20. Cathy McCormick says:

    Throw the POS animal abuser in prison! Behind bars is the only place on Earth where this monster can’t do this ever again to innocent animals!

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