Man Running Dog Training Operation Faces 70 Animal Abuse Charges


UPDATED: Monday March 18, 2013 6:13 PM

A Fairfield county man is facing 70 animal abuse charges for issues at the dog training facility that he runs.

Cory Dewberry conducted a dog training operation just off Carroll-Northern Road in Pickerington.

All the dogs are gone from the location now and in the care of their owners. One remains in a local dog shelter.

Cory Dewberry is nowhere to be found.

Authorities have issued a warrant for his arrest.

The sheriff said the dogs in Dewberry's care were abused, and there's also evidence that some dogs may have died at the location.

Wolfgang, a German shepherd, was in the care of Dewberry Family K9 for a few months.

When Wolfgang got there, he was healthy and weighed about 150 pounds. But when his owner came to get him earlier this month, she noticed something was very wrong.

"When she came to pick the dog up, it was down to 70-some pounds, it had lacerations on the body, and the dog was not in very good shape," said Fairfield County Sheriff, Dave Phalen.

Wolfgang's owner tipped off the sheriff's department.

Last Friday, investigators raided the property and they say they found seven dogs that were neglected, abused, and in poor condition.

"Within the cages there was urine and feces - we had animals that were not being properly taken care of.  It looked like they probably had not been fed, so it was pretty deplorable," added Phalen.

Authorities are now looking for Dewberry.

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