YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) — Five dogs were taken Friday afternoon from a home on the East Side of Youngstown.
Humane agents responded to 1018 Gray Ave. about 4:30 p.m. after receiving a tip from someone concerned about the dogs’ welfare. A man at the scene told humane agents and the Mahoning County Dog Warden that he also was taking care of a house at 1026 Gray Ave., which is right next door.
The animals, all pit terrier mixes, were seized from 1018 Gray Ave., where they were found tied up outside with no food or water. The dogs were extremely emaciated and were standing in water and their own feces and urine, according to Animal Charity humane agent Christopher Flak.
He also said the dogs were tied on very large chains and were starting to develop sores.
Flak said there also were six dogs at 1026 Gray Ave., but they are “in conditions that are acceptable at this time.” He said the dog warden will monitor the situation and Animal Charity will return to the home to ensure the owner complies with an order to take the dogs to the vet as soon as possible.
He said one of the dogs at 1018 had not been to the vet since July and it could be parasitic.
Flak said it appears the dogs seized were being used for breeding and one of the females looked like she had puppies in the last eight or 10 weeks. He said no puppies were found at the home.
“The dog warden’ s office will be investigating any kennel licensing or dog licensing issues. Charges are possible pending the outcome of the investigation,” Flak said. “He seems apathetic. The situation appears to have gotten away from him, but that doesn’t leave the fact that this is a case of animal cruelty.”
The dogs are on their way to Animal Charity, where they will get veterinary care. Flak said the dog warden’s office assisted with the removal of the dogs.