Woman gives up ownership of dogs

SEBRING, Ohio (WKBN) – A North Benton woman who had dozens of dogs taken from her property on neglect allegations has relinquished ownership of all but one of the animals.

During a court hearing in Sebring on Thursday, Terri Wylie gave up ownership of 105 dogs taken during a Jan. 22 raid on her North Johnson Road home. A bond was set on one of the dogs, a Doberman named Bob, which she could get custody of at the end of the legal process.

Now that the dogs have been given up, they can be adopted to permanent homes. All dogs are currently in foster homes and animal protective agencies. As a part of the legal process, 43 of the dogs must see a independent veterinarian before Animal Charities can start the adoption process.

Humane agent Christopher Flak said it could be 10 to 15 days before the dogs can be adopted, but anyone interested in adopting the dogs can call Animal Charity.

“People are very happy. We have had people in happy tears. Some people are sad that they have to bring them back for a bit, but people are thrilled they get to keep them,” said Animal Charity Executive Director Kayley Frost.

Humane agents and police raided the property following a complaint from a woman who purchased a puppy that was sick and then sought a replacement dog.

Humane agents said conditions inside the kennel were horrible with feces lying everywhere and urine stains on the walls and newspapers.

“The conditions they were in versus what they are in now. They have homes, they have their own blankets, they have families that are loving them, they are getting human attention versus just being given water and food,” Flak said.

Flak said at the time of the raid that some animals had life threatening conditions; many had mites and other infections. In addition, the Doberman pincer named Bob was discovered with lacerations on its paws, clearly making it difficult for the dog to walk.

Wylie is facing animal cruelty and neglect charges, specifically lack of veterinary care and unhealthful confinement. She pleaded not guilty to the charges on Jan. 30. She is due back in court on March 25.

Wylie submitted an open letter about the charges to the WKBN newsroom. To read the letter, click here.

This is not the first time Wylie has been investigated. Court records show complaints dating back to 1993, the latest being in September.


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