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The HSUS Helps Rescue 100+ Neglected Animals in Ohio

Sheriff asked for help with dogs, horses, goats


Update April 22, 2013: The dogs and cats found here are now with our Emergency Placement Partners Second Chance Animal Shelter, in East Brookfield, Mass., CHA Animal Shelter, in Columbus, Ohio, Toledo Area Humane Society in Toledo, PAWS Ohio in Cleveland, and Humane Society of Berks County in Reading, Pa.

The Belmont County, Ohio, Sheriff’s Office called in The Humane Society of the United States and Belmont County Animal Rescue League to assist in the rescue of approximately 120 animals from a Bellaire property.

The sheriff stated that he had been concerned about the animals on this property for some time. Sheriff’s deputies served a search warrant on the property on the 57000 block of Springhill Road and found nearly 60 dogs, about 40 cats, 14 horses, several goats and a number of fowl suffering from a variety of medical conditions and a lack of basic care.

Karen Minton, Ohio state director for The HSUS, said, "I'm so relieved these dogs, cats, horses, and other animals are now receiving the care they so desperately need. The Humane Society of the United States is so grateful to the Belmont County Sheriff’s Office for taking action in this case and for inviting us to help rescue these animals."

Belmont County Sheriff David Lucas said, "Animals shouldn't have to suffer in such terrible conditions, so we are thankful to be able to rescue them. We wouldn't have been able to conduct this rescue without the help of The Humane Society of the United States and the Belmont County Animal Rescue League."

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Many of the animals are emaciated and suffering from dental disease, respiratory problems, skin conditions, and other infections. The veterinarians assisting on this case are Brian Wennerstrom, Lisa Shriver, and Jennifer Hayes.

The HSUS's Animal Rescue Team removed the animals from the property pending the final disposition of this case. At a temporary emergency animal shelter, the animals will be thoroughly examined and receive any necessary immediate medical treatment.

Media contact: Stephanie Twining, 240-751-3943, stwining@humanesociety.org

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