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Dogs Left at Abandoned Shippensburg Home Lead to Noise Complaints

"Yeah, this is a case, you've already seen the place, the borough’s already condemned it, she’s supposed to be taking care of it. And we've asked her numerous times to make some change for the dogs. She just hasn't done it," said Chief Scott.
SHIPPENSBURG, Pa. - A total nuisance. At least that's what neighbors and police are saying about one woman's dogs.

After several citations given to Linda Diehl of Shippensburg, she could now be facing criminal charges for disorderly conduct.

Her home, abandoned and condemned and her two dogs are still living in the backyard.

Diehl says she loves her dogs, but love isn't helping right now.

Chief of Police in Shippensburg, Fred Scott said they’ve been dealing with Linda Diehl for over a year now.

"Yeah, this is a case, you've already seen the place, the borough’s already condemned it, she’s supposed to be taking care of it. And we've asked her numerous times to make some change for the dogs. She just hasn't done it," said Chief Scott.

A local man works at a tire shop across the street from the condemned house. He said he hears the dogs, and although the barking doesn’t bother him, he had some thoughts on why Diehl has been having trouble with the police.

"I think it's mostly the neighbors at night,” said John Myers of Roxbury. “In the daytime, we make a lot of noise here at the tire shop, so we don't mind hearing a dog bark."

Linda Diehl spoke with us off camera, and she is just waiting for legal advice before she tells her side of the story, but she did show up Friday afternoon to see her dogs.

"You know, people have bad situations, we try to work with them as much as we can,” said Chief Scott. “But she just hasn't tried to take care of it. She wants to keep the dogs but she doesn't have the facilities or financially to take care of them so that's where they lay."

Linda said she understands she needs to do something to help her dogs. She just isn't sure what that is yet.

As for the police and animal control, they are legally unable to do anything to remove the dogs, because they are located on private property, unless the dogs are loose, or being neglected for an extended period of time.

"We can't do anything, all we can do is site her,” said Chief Scott. “As long as they're maintaining food and water."

And Chief Scott said the dogs can go without food or water for a period of seven to 14 days before they are allowed to step in. But he believes Diehl keeps up with feeding the dogs.

Chief Scott said he hopes this whole situation can be resolved soon. Something Diehl echoed.
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