Judge Finds Ebersole Guilty of 4 Counts of Animal Cruelty per Plea Agreement

Posted: October 4, 2013

The Winchester Star

Russell L. Ebersole
WINCHESTER -- A Frederick County Circuit Court judge has found the owner of a Stephenson-based kennel and dog training facility guilty of four counts of animal cruelty.

Russell L. Ebersole, the owner of Aberdeen Acres Pet Care Center, stipulated this morning in a plea agreement that while he does not admit guilt the prosecution had sufficient evidence to find him guilty of four counts of animal cruelty.

Frederick County Circuit Court Judge Clifford “Clay” Athey then found Ebersole guilty of the four counts.

Today was to be the second day of the bench trial, but no evidence was presented prior to the agreement and ruling. Testimony on Thursday centered on Ebersole’s training techniques.

Seven charges remain, but may not be prosecuted. Ebersole will be sentenced at 11 a.m. on Dec. 6.

See Saturday’s Winchester Star for more details.