Officials with Delaware’s Office of Animal Welfare announced Tuesday that an arrest had been made in the animal abuse case we reported on earlier this month. Seaford resident Donald Eilander was reportedly taken into custody without incident last Friday.
Eilander is currently out on bail but faces 449 charges, including an undisclosed number of felony animal cruelty charges.
“The inhumane conditions that we found the animals in was absolutely appalling and is inexcusable,” said Mark Tobin, in a press release. Tobin is Chief of Delaware Animal Services.
If you have been following our coverage of this story, you will remember that a tip called into Delaware Animal Services’ tip line prompted a visit to Eilander’s property. There, animal welfare officers discovered more than 40 dead dogs, 31 seriously ill dogs and a cat. The cat survived but 2 of the dogs did not.
All the remaining animals are currently being cared for at a state-approved animal shelter. New homes will be sought for them when they are well enough to be adopted out.