YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – Humane officers were called to a home in Youngstown to remove several dogs and a man found living in trash, feces and urine.
Youngstown Police Sgt. Brent Gaitanis called the home on Old Furnace Road “one of the worst” that he has seen.
“Conditions are completely and totally unlivable,” he said. “There is a vast amount of feces on the floor, which makes it hard to walk in there. There’s no heat. We also got reports from the neighbors that he can’t even stay inside the house. He will come outside to his car for heat.”
Police were called after a mailman reported the home’s conditions.
The dog warden found a dead dog on the front porch. During the investigation, four other dogs were taken from the inside of the home, and they are now under the care of Animal Charity Humane Society in Boardman.
Animal Charity agents said the four dogs are completely malnourished, and one is missing some fur.
“I witnessed them get water, all four, as soon as they got water, drank as much as they could, as fast as they could,” said Animal Charity humane agent Marc Noday.
The dogs are being tested to see if there are any internal injuries. The dead dog was also taken the Animal Charity, where a veterinarian will perform an autopsy to determine how it died.
“There was no physical harm, that we can tell,” Noday said. “The one deceased animal may have had some harm. We couldn’t tell.”
The homeowner, who is in his 70s, was sent to St. Elizabeth Health Center for a check of his health. Gaitanis said social services agencies have been called to investigate.
“Due to his health, safety and welfare, he’s going to be admitted to St. Elizabeth, where he can get the help he needs,” he said.
So far, no charges against the man have been filed, but criminal charges could be pending.
Humane agents said they will ask the man to sign over ownership of the animals, but if he refuses, they will take him to court. Agents said the court process can take up to a year, and the dogs will stay in the custody of Animal Charity until the case is closed.