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Pregnant dog owner ordered to pay $1,000, prohibited from boarding, breeding

Published: Fri, April 5, 2013 @ 10:59 p.m.




A Berlin Center woman who pleaded no contest to five misdemeanor counts of animal neglect has been fined $250 and placed on a year’s probation with a $120 probation fee.

Judge Diane Vettori of Sebring Court also imposed Thursday a 90-day jail term, all of it suspended, on Heather Culver, 23, of Weaver Road.

Culver will have 90 days to pay the fine and $630 in court costs.

In the plea deal, agreed upon by Animal Charity and the Mahoning

County prosecutor’s office, the prosecution dropped 23 other counts of animal neglect.

When humane agents from Animal Charity raided her home March 6, they seized 28 dogs housed in unclean conditions in her kennel but let her keep other dogs inside her house, said Jack Ausnehmer, an assistant county prosecutor.

Culver stayed out of jail because she is pregnant and because the neglect was short-term, over a period of five to 10 days, Ausnehmer said.

Ausnehmer said he believes the neglect stemmed from her pregnancy and the fact that her husband was working double shifts.

None of the 28 dogs was ill, and all were adopted out of Animal Charity, he said. The judge ordered forfeiture of the 28 dogs.

During Culver’s probation, Animal Charity may enter Culver’s premises unannounced to monitor her remaining animals, and Culver may not apply for a kennel license or board animals without the judge’s permission. Judge Vettori prohibited her from breeding animals.

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11970mach1(1005 comments)posted 3 years, 2 months ago

I don't understand your posts.

The protestors are trying to get support for a law that would impose tougher penalties for animal abuse because Ohio has some of the weakest laws in the country.

They are using the court case to get media publicity to support their cause.

You keep bringing up Teddy. There are already laws in Ohio against killing another person. I hope the person who killed Teddy gets the death penalty.

There is no reason to protest the case involving Teddy. The laws are already in place and the case is before the court.

You should be happy people are trying to change the laws so there are tougher penaties against animal abuse. It is a proven fact that people who abuse animals often abuse people.

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2UsuallyBlunt(105 comments)posted 3 years, 2 months ago

Sounds a bit extreme to me. Dog runs that hadn't been cleaned for 4 or 5 days? No unhealthy animals? I guess it never crossed the minds of the "animal welfare" volunteers to pick up a shovel or turn on a hose!

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31970mach1(1005 comments)posted 3 years, 2 months ago

Why would the "animal welfare" volunteers pick up a shovel or turn on a hose?
Weren't their dogs.
This lady was doing this to turn a profit.

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