Quarryville Woman Admits to Having Dogs ‘Debarked’ by Out-of-State Vet

A Quarryville woman pleaded guilty Thursday to animal cruelty regarding the “debarking” of her dogs.

Annie Beiler, 47, procured the services of Denise Felling – at one time a licensed veterinarian in Iowa – to “debark” the dogs, a process involving the removal/cutting of vocal chords.

Beiler pleaded guilty in Lancaster County Court to six misdemeanor and summary counts of cruelty to animals.

In exchange for the plea, Beiler was sentenced to two years of probation and ordered to surrender all dogs on her property but one (which is subject to routine checks by the state SPCA).

Also, Beiler is prohibited from owning or working with dogs for the period of supervision.

Felling also was charged and previously pleaded guilty.

Felling debarked the dogs by shoving a rod-like object into the dogs’ vocal chambers. The manner of how she did the debarking procedures is illegal.

Felling - who formerly had a veterinarian license in Iowa (it was since revoked), but never obtained one in Pennsylvania - represented herself as a vet to Beiler.

Pennsylvania SPCA Officer Jennifer Nields was lead investigator and filed charges.

MEDIA CONTACT: Brett A. Hambright, 717-295-2041; bhambright@co.lancaster.pa.us; Twitter: @BrettHambright