New Holland, PA- Members of the Pennsylvania State Police Ephrata Crime Unit Troop J MCSAP Unit, Troop J SET Team, and the State Police Equestrian Unit along with the PenDot Weight Detail inspected all incoming motor carriers and trucks along with Domestic Animal Haulers to the New Holland Sales Stables in New Holland, PA on Monday April 5, 1999 for Agriculture Code violations, Vehicle Code violations and equipment violations.
The Pennsylvania State Police put David Carper's tractor trailer out of service after the vehicle failed a motor vehicle inspection. Carper also had logbook violations. Carper was stopped by State Police after he tried to "run" a motor carrier inspection.
There were nine horses on the trailer, none of which had Coggins Test or Health Certificates. Horses moved interstate are required by law to have Coggins Tests and health certificates.
The Carpers are the same company, Frank Carper & Sons, that owes Essex County, NY $11,100 for their 1994 conviction for the illegal transportation of horses. The case was nicknamed the "Horse Popsicle Case" by the media after Assistant District Attorney, Debra Whitson now with the New York State Attorney General's Office, called the frost covered horses, "horse popsicles"..
Recently, the PA Department of Agriculture issued both of these companies permits to transport domestic animals in Pennsylvania, regardless of the fact that their convictions in New York are grounds for denial of a permit in Pennsylvania.
Dealers and haulers of domestic animals are required under the PA Domestic Animal Act to be licensed.