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PETITION TARGET: Lancaster County District Attorney Heather Adams

UPDATE (9/2/2021): Ray Martin, 48, of New Holland, Penn., pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor count of animal cruelty and was sentenced to two years of unsupervised probation. As part of the plea deal, a felony count of animal cruelty also was dropped — sad conditiond for a horrific crime.

But in fantastic news for animals, Martin also was ordered to surrender 17 dogs in his custody to the Pennsylvania SPCA and is prohibited from owning or profiting from dogs for the next five years  — conditions that will effectively shut down this breeder and keep dogs safe, if monitored and enforced, for at least half a decade.

Lady Freethinker thanks the more than 41,000 people who signed our petition demanding justice and accountability for this innocent dog. We will continue writing to bring awareness to puppy mills everywhere and the innocent animals who endure their hell-like conditions.


An English bulldog puppy desperately needed medical care but instead received a scalding hot kitchen knife to his eye at the hands of a breeder with no veterinarian training in Lancaster County, Pa.

Pinned down to a table by the breeder’s wife, the defenseless puppy had an inflamed gland condition called “cherry eye” burned off of his face without anesthesia or pain medication, according to the PSPCA’s Humane Law Enforcement team that investigated the situation.

The breeder, Ray Martin of New Holland, reportedly admitted to performing the procedure despite not being qualified.

The puppy’s new guardian took him to the vet when he noticed something wrong with the dog’s eye and the vet determined that part of the eyelid was missing. The dog will likely need lifelong treatment for the damage.

Martin has been charged with one felony count of animal cruelty.

The person responsible for this illegal and botched surgery must answer for his crimes.

Sign this petition urging Lancaster County District Attorney Heather Adams to prosecute the perpetrator to the fullest extent of the law, including a life-long ban on having or selling animals.