YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) — Animal cruelty cases in the valley are on the rise this month. That’s according to Animal Charity, who says their kennels are filled to capacity.
But one dog who has been there since last March is in a new home tonight.
Meet Doc. She’s three years old. And after coming from a home where she was neglected, Doc is finally heading to a forever home.
“We just think it’s going to be fantastic. She’s going to a home where she can get all the attention all to herself,” said Mary Louk, Animal Charity Board President.
Animal Charity took in Doc and four other dogs last March at a home on Youngstown’s east side. Agents found the dogs chained outside in the cold. Last month, the dog’s owner William Clemons pled “no contest” to a count of animal cruelty.
“They did not have adequate shelter food or water. they were just all around in very rough shape,” said Louk
“She was severely emaciated, sores on her body. But she came to animal charity. They took care of her, and she got better. She has obviously put on some weight here,” said Jason Cooke, Animal advocate.
But they couldn’t find a foster home for Doc. She was in a kennel for more than a year. Finally, a couple in Michigan saw a story online about Doc. They adopted her to fill a hole in their hearts.
They lost their dog last year and had been waiting for the right opportunity. And doc got that opportunity,” said Louk.
Sunday morning, people came to Animal Charity to say goodbye to Doc as he leaves for Michigan. It’s a success story for them, but they still have a long list of dogs looking for a home.
“We’ve outsourced some dogs, because we’ve taken so many cruelty cases in the last few weeks, that we don’t even have an open kennel,” said Louk.
“Hopefully the abuse will stop, and one day we don’t have to have days like this. But until then, they’ll keep fighting and we’ll keep fighting,” said Cooke.
And giving a second chance to more dogs like Doc.