Dogs Allegedly Found Stacked in Cages With Matted Fur and Infections Deserve Justice

Target: Mr. Gary L. Smith, Licking County Prosecutor, Ohio

Goal: Investigate and prosecute individuals allegedly responsible for the hoarding and abuse of dogs, and enforce stricter animal welfare laws.

The Licking County Humane Society recently seized nearly 30 dogs from a reported hoarding situation in an unincorporated area near Newark. The 28 dogs, mostly small breeds under five years old, were allegedly found in stackable cages, covered in matted fur, infections, and their own feces. Humane Society Executive Director Lori Carlson described the living conditions as “utter filth,” with one dog so severely matted it appeared to have extra legs.

A Humane Society agent noted that it was one of the worst cases of neglect she had ever seen. The dogs will undergo medical evaluations and treatment, including shots, medications, and potentially necessary surgeries. One dog may need an amputation due to a severe infection caused by prolonged exposure to unsanitary conditions.

The Humane Society intends to refer this case to the Licking County prosecutor for potential felony charges against the owner. Detailed and specific veterinary evaluations, including photographic evidence, are being conducted as the dogs are considered evidence in the case.

The dogs will not be available for adoption until they are deemed healthy. In the meantime, they are being housed in temporary accommodations at the Humane Society, which is asking for donations to help with the animals’ care. Humane agents also handle numerous other calls related to heat concerns during this time.

Animal hoarding is often linked to complex human conditions such as compulsive disorders. The Humane Society encourages individuals struggling with hoarding to seek help promptly. Prevent such alleged abuses and ensure the well-being of animals.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Mr. Gary L. Smith,

A recent case in Licking County has revealed a deeply disturbing situation of apparent animal hoarding and neglect. The Licking County Humane Society seized 28 dogs from an unincorporated area near Newark, where the animals were reportedly found in deplorable conditions, covered in matted fur, infections, and their own feces. This case has been described as one of the worst instances of neglect ever seen by the Humane Society.

The dogs will undergo medical evaluations and treatment, including shots, medications, and potentially necessary surgeries. One dog may need an amputation due to a severe infection caused by prolonged exposure to unsanitary conditions. The Humane Society intends to refer this case to your office for potential felony charges against the owner, in accordance with the Ohio Revised Code.

We urge you to ensure a thorough investigation and prosecution of those allegedly responsible for this act of cruelty. Immediate action is necessary to prevent such incidents in the future and to protect the welfare of animals in our county. Animal hoarding is a serious issue that often stems from complex human conditions, and addressing it effectively requires a strong legal response.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

Photo credit: Ohio R. Angel


2 Comments

  1. Lesley Rodgers says:

    Do not mistake selfishness with an illness. Hoarding is just selfish people who know they should not have animals but they want them so they get them, rather than using any self control. Maybe their parents gave them whatever they wanted. It is not an illness, it is just human nastiness and cruelty. Too many people want to make excuses for these people – don’t!

  2. These people hurt and kill dogs. They do it for money. They call themselves puppies palace or whatever but their aim is to dump the dogs, dupe the buyers and make money for themselves. These people should be taken out and shot. They deserve such action done to them. The legal system calls this type of thing a felony but then what? Nothing happens, the creeps walk free and the people forget. The animals don’t forget. Also people who love animals don’t forget. We hate that this type of person lives and walks the earth. They hurt, don’t help, and leave scares on all they touch. They need to spend their lives in priso, or be shot to death. Their choice.

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