Aug 22, 2010: 38 animals killed in Solon hoarding situation: Only a misdemeanor
By: Dr. Irene Fiala
"...All but one parakeet were euthanized at the request of the owner, Dr. Steven Friedman. One parakeet was spared though puppies, dogs, cats (2 were found dead), a rabbit, guniea pigs and other birds were not so fortunate. The family states that they left open a bag of dog food and a child's wading pond full of water. To believe that Dr. Friedman and his wife, Heidi, considered leaving their pets in such a deplorable condition is acceptable is, quite simply, mind boggling.
Aug 20, 2010: Solon podiatrist and wife are both charged with 39 counts of animal cruelty and 2 counts of child endangering
By Donna J. Miller
Steven Friedman, 58, a podiatrist, and his wife, Heidi, 48, of Solon, are each charged with 39 counts of cruelty to animals and two counts of child endangering.
They are accused of keeping a rabbit, two guinea pigs, three birds and 33 dogs and cats in their feces- and urine-filled Wagon Wheel Drive home and leaving them alone in the closed-up house while the family traveled.
The Friedmans' daughters, 15, 16 and 20, also lived in the house. According to the police report: The Friedmans' neighbor called police Friday to say the couple and the three children had gone on vacation Aug. 2, leaving the house closed up and the air conditioner off. Temperatures were in the high 80s..." More