Dozens of Central Ohio Neglected Animals Rescued


UPDATED: Sunday January 12, 2014 5:15 PM

Humane societies in two different central Ohio counties are caring for more than 50 dogs and cats that were rescued after two suspected cases of neglect.

The first case is out of Franklin County where humane agents say a home has been condemned and more than 20 cats rescued.

The discovery was made in the 2400 block of McZand Boulevard in Grove City. Code enforcement has deemed the home uninhabitable after the culmination of a more than month-long investigation.

According to the search warrant, Capital Area Humane Society agents made several attempts to conduct welfare checks on the animals but the 64 year-old owner repeatedly made excuses as to why they could not enter the home.

A month later, agents were allowed in and found cat feces smeared on the floors, dirt and unsanitary conditions everywhere.

Eventually, all of the animals were removed and the owner faces more than a dozen misdemeanor counts including animal cruelty.

The second case happened in Licking County where humane agents say they discovered dozens of dogs from a suspected puppy mill operation.

Licking County Humane Society executive director Lori Carlson says they received a tip about dozens of dogs being housed in a van. That led them to the parking lot of a Hebron motel near 1-70 Saturday night.

Further investigation revealed the dogs were being transported to New Jersey from Indiana.

Carlson says she suspects the wide variety of 50 adult dogs and 12 puppies were part of a puppy mill operation and the owners, who are based in Indiana, hired drivers to transport them to a rescue over state lines.

"If you can imagine 50 dogs in a minivan that didn't tear each other apart, it's because they're used to living in these conditions. They really haven't known anything else," Carlson said.

Charges are pending in both cases.

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