NORTH BENTON, Ohio (WKBN) – More than 100 dogs were taken from a home in southern Mahoning County after humane agents executed a search warrant at a North Benton kennel.
It is being called one of the biggest animal busts in Mahoning County history.
The raid was conducted following a complaint from a woman who purchased a puppy that later died and she sought a replacement dog.
Humane agents removed 105 dogs from the North Johnson Road home of Terri Wylie Friday on neglect and abuse allegations.
Humane agent Kym Woodburn said conditions inside the kennel were horrible with feces lying everywhere and urine stains on the walls and newspapers.
In addition, a Doberman pincer was discovered with lacerations on its paws, clearly making it difficult for the dog to walk.
This is not the first time Wylie has been investigated. Court records show complaints dating back to 1993; the latest being in September.
“In September we were here. We found the conditions to be unacceptable. Dogs were matted, their nails needed clipped, they needed groomed,” said Christopher Flak, humane agent. “All the kennels needed to be cleaned. She complied, and there was nothing we could do at the time.”
This time all the animals were loaded up and taken away. Wylie could face animal cruelty charges but she insists she has done nothing wrong.
“This is totally ridiculous,” said Wylie. “They have $6,000 (worth of) dogs in their van. If it was not fine, they would have taken the dogs in September.”
Now that the dogs are out of Wylie’s hands, the attention is turned to getting the dogs healthy and finding a place for them to live.
Flak said they will examine the dogs for various diseases such as the canine parvo virus.
“Calling various shelters, that is the first concern; what condition are the dogs in,” said Flak. “We need to get them tested. That is how serious it can be.”
Flak said on initial inspection none of the dogs appear to have any life-threatening diseases.
Woodburn said after the dogs are checked by a veterinarian and neutered or spayed, the next step will be finding them a home.
The Humane Society is asking for help in finding homes for the dogs.
“Right now we have over 30 dogs, and we are still getting them out,” said Woodburn. “We are going to need some foster families to help us house these dogs.”
Woodburn said they need donations of blankets, towels, and bleach. She also said monetary donations would be appreciated.
For more information on how to help, call (330) 788-1064.