The Union County Humane Society says it seized three dogs from a residence in Milford Center.
The sheriff's office contacted the agency after the animals were found living in poor conditions at a home on Railroad Street.
The agency seized Wilford, a lab mix, on Saturday.
“He has a mass. There's something protruding on his stomach that's causing a lot of pain. As soon as you go near that area it's causing a lot of pain," says Steffen Baldwin, the Chief Humane Agent of the Union County Humane Society.
After not hearing from the owner within 24 hours, agents seized two other dogs on Monday morning.
Authorities said it was determined that the owner of the animals had died.
Neighbors called police because they were concerned for the welfare of the animals and told 10TV that they rarely saw other family members caring for the dogs.
Baldwin says now that the dogs are safe, whoever neglected them must be held accountable.
"The Ohio revised code has set standards of care for animals they are property but we have a legal obligation to provide them with basic things and somebody has to be there it's not an option it's a law," says Baldwin who plans to pursue neglect charges.
Humane Society officials remind people to contact the sheriff's office if they spot any animals in need.
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