Saturday, February 12, 2011

119 dogs taken from Medina County home

By: Bob Jones

CHIPPEWA LAKE, Ohio - A Medina County humane officer calls it a case of animal hoarding, cruelty, abuse and neglect.

One-hundred-nineteen dogs were taken from a home on Dawnshire Drive in Chippewa Lake on Friday and Saturday.

Four of the dogs were dead. The rest are being treated at the Medina County Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.

Humane officer Mary Jo Johnson said that garbage and feces were piled as high as two feet around the dogs and their cages on the first floor.

"It's the worst thing I've ever seen and I was amazed at once we got inside how many animals were in there," Johnson said.

Some of the dogs have bite marks. Many of them have worms. Workers and volunteers have been cleaning the animals and contacting veterinarians so the dogs can get vaccinations.

Investigators have not identified the owner of the dogs, but Johnson said a woman and her daughter live in the house..." More & video

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