Two Chillicothe women are facing animal cruelty charges after a man discovered a dead chihuahua at their home and seven other dogs in the same cage.
Wayne Nokes says he was responding to a nuisance complaint at a North High Street home his family owns when he discovered the chihuahuas in a cage in a garage.
"We seen eight dogs in a little kennel that was about a two by two and they were out of water. They were eating on another dog that had passed away," Nokes said.
Nokes says he discovered the dogs standing in their own feces and badly dehydrated.
"It looked like walking skeletons," said Nokes. "They looked like they were getting ready to just drop."
Police charged the owners Kathleen Yates, 58 and her daughter Olivia Dammann, 35, with animal cruelty on Thursday.
The animals were taken by the Ross County Dog Warden.
"They're getting better. We've been feeding them food and water every two hours," says Lloyd Caldwell of the Ross County Dog Warden Department.
Dammann said the dogs were not hers and she hadn't seen them in weeks.
"I spoke to my sister and sister-in-law who are the ones that are supposedly taking care of them and they claim they were feeding and watering them," Dammann said.
Dammann says she'll fight the allegations in court next week. A judge is also expected to decide what's next for these dogs.
Nokes banned the tenants from having animals in the house.
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