Friday, August 17, 2012
An ailing dog breeder turned over hundreds of Shar Peis and Chihuahuas to the Richland County Humane Society.
Humane society agents were working to find homes for 300 to 340 dogs found at the home of Perry and Edith Buchko, who previously were convicted of animal cruelty in New Jersey. The couple moved to Ohio after the conviction.
Perry Buchko recently passed away, and Edith Buchko is bedridden.
Richland County humane agents had previously visited the Plymouth home, where they found hundreds of dogs. Agents did not take action at the time because the dogs were not “needlessly suffering,” as Ohio law describes as animal cruelty, according to Missy Houghton of the Richland humane society.
The Buchko’s son contacted the Richland County Humane Society to assist in the removal of the animals after his father’s death.
Humane agents said that they believed the case was one of a breeder turned hoarder. Agents said that Buchko would not face charges.
“We are seeing a lot of chronic eye infections, ear infections, skin infections,” said Jennifer K
ulina-Lanese of the Humane Society of the United States. “They are infested with fleas.”..." More