WARREN, Ohio (WKBN) – On Tuesday morning, the Warren city dog warden and police officers tried to take 12 dogs and puppies from a house at the corner of Oak Street and Nevada Street N.W.
Authorities said the conditions inside the home were filthy and the dogs’ owner, Christina Roland, could face charges. She admits she broke the law by having more than four dogs in her home without a kennel license, but said she was doing the best she could afford to do and she is not happy about what happened Tuesday morning.
“When they arrived, there was a small confrontation with the owner. She shut the door. Next thing, all the dogs were released, so they had about 14 dogs running loose in the city at that point and some of them were acting aggressive,” said Kerry Pettite, executive director of the Animal Welfare League of Trumbull County.
The dogs are now at the Animal Welfare League of Trumbull County and Trumbull County Dog Pound.
“They’re very skittish. They do have quite an odor on them, which would indicate that they were being housed in an environment that was unsanitary,” Pettite said.
Roland lived with her mom in the house since 2001. Her mom went into a nursing home in February, so since then it’s just been Roland and the dogs.
She said there were two litters of puppies, one in December and another earlier this month. Roland said there is black mold and animal feces inside the house, but her dogs were never neglected, mistreated or malnourished.
“Two 50-pound bags of dog food a month. I had a container full of water. They had food. They ate what I didn’t if I didn’t have dog food,” Roland said.
The house was condemned a couple months ago, but Roland said she still plans on living there because she has nowhere else to go.
“It’s not a point about living like that. It’s a point of making due because I can’t afford nothing else,” she said.
The dog warden told Roland she can’t own or be around any animals. She could face other charges.
“The Warren city dog warden will be putting charges on her for the animals running at large as well as for the number of animals,” Pettite said.
The pound and Animal Welfare League will monitor the dogs for at least 10 days to see if they can be adopted out.
Roland is mentally disabled and on a fixed income. She said she simply could not afford to have her dogs spayed or neutered, saying the cheapest any vet would quote her for the service was $90.
There was a low-cost spay/neuter clinic going on Tuesday in Warren, charging $30 for a spay or neuter and $8 for a rabies shot. Roland said if she would have known about the clinic, she would have taken advantage of it.