Dog wardens reported seeing dead and dying rats on the property several times. "We have repeated poor kennel conditions there," said Jessie Smith, special deputy secretary of the Bureau of Dog Law Enforcement.
Brown's lawyer, Jeff Conrad, has appealed, calling the charges "unfounded and bogus." He said Brown was not given a chance to remedy the problems cited. State officials say they have extensive photo documentation to show Brown ignored their orders.
A hearing on the revocation is set for May 24. Until then, Brown can sell her remaining dogs, but may not breed or acquire new ones. She had 70 when her kennel was last inspected. If the revocation is finalized, she may keep no more than 25.
In an interview Monday, Brown said her troubles with the state began after she sold a German shepherd puppy in 2008 to Biden, then vice president-elect. "Ever since . . . it's been a living hell," she said. "I'm leaving Pennsylvania as soon as possible. I'm done fighting."
A spokeswoman for Biden's office declined comment.
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