ADAMS COUNTY — The man whos more than 120 Havanese dogs were confiscated earlier this year pleaded guilty to one county of misdemeanor negligent animal cruelty last week.
Richard Pilicer, 63, was sentenced to two years of probation Thursday, Sept. 19, in Adams County Court in connection to the case.
Pilicer, who has already begun mental health treatment, also was ordered to pay $6,003.32 in restitution for the cost of treating many of the dogs after they were taken from his home. Most of the costs were associated with removing vast amounts of matted fur and feeding the animals once they were in the care of local shelters.
Dozens of the dogs have since been adopted by members of the community.
In a release from the Adams County District Attorney’s Office, prosecutor Jordan Lubeck said in court “that Pilicer’s acts were not intentional but he had become overwhelmed by the number of animals and neglected their care.”
Pilicer, who was initially served with 13 citations for animal cruelty, has been allowed to keep two dogs as pets.