A North Lebanon Township man pleaded guilty to 16 counts of animal cruelty this week following the removal of 34 dogs from his property in October 2020.
40-year old Steven Alston entered his plea before President Judge John Tylwalk on Wednesday and was sentenced to 6 to 23 months in prison, followed by two years of probation.
Alston’s charges stemmed from his inhumane treatment of the dogs kept on his property, as well as the manner in which he performed ear cropping on the puppies he sold without the use of anesthesia.
The Lebanon Valley Daily News spoke with a representative of the Pennsylvania SPCA Humane Law Enforcement Team, based in Philadelphia, shortly after they rescued the dogs from Alston’s property.
At the time, Division Chief Nicole Wilson said a customer witnessed Alston’s cruelty, firsthand:
Other dogs have wounds infested with maggots.
Wilson said puppy breeding was big business for Alston:
In addition to his jail time, Alston is not allowed to own, possess or care for animals during his probation.