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Dogs left in cold across Valley

Published: Wed, January 8, 2014 @ 12:10 a.m.

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Police in Boardman and Hubbard checked on dogs out in Monday’s dangerous cold, and humane agencies said they’ve been dealing with a lot of calls.

In Boardman, police went to a home on Annawan Lane at 4 p.m. where they found a beagle-mix in the backyard. The dog had a doghouse, food and water, according to a police report.

The dog appeared to be shaking, however, and had a difficult time walking, police said.

The dog’s owner, who was shopping, would not come home, police said. The Mahoning County dog warden and a humane agent arrived, but because the dog had everything it needed by law, it could not be removed.

The humane agent left a note that there would be follow-up because the dog needed medical care.

Police checked on the dog again at 10 p.m. Another resident had brought the dog inside.

That resident told police such an incident would not happen again.

No charges were filed.

In Hubbard, police charged a woman with cruelty to animals after finding a dog tied to a short rope on a concrete porch for 41/2 hours in the 500 block of Ruth Drive, a report says.

Police said they got a call about the dog at 4:30 p.m., and an officer came back periodically to check on it.

Around 8 p.m., the officer noticed the dog lifting his paws off the concrete for relief, the report said.

The officer called Animal Welfare League, but it could not help because the dog has an owner, police reported.

The resident, Doris Jones, 84, came home shortly after 9 p.m. Jones told police a family member moves the dog from its house in the backyard to the front porch so she does not have to walk back into the yard to bring it to the house.

The officer stood by until she let the dog into the house.

A summons was issued to her through Girard Municipal Court.

Animal Charity in Mahoning County and Animal Welfare League in Trumbull County say they are limited in what they can do for animals left in the cold.

In the case of stray animals, the counties’ dog wardens handle calls.

If the dog has a known owner, however, the situation is different.

As long as the animal has shelter, food and water, they cannot take it, said Kayley Frost, executive director of Animal Charity in Mahoning County.

“Nor can we coerce citizens to bring their pets indoors, only recommend it’s best for the animal’s general well-being,” Frost said.

“Animal Charity, its staff and agents are doing all they can to keep these animals as comfortable as possible while enforcing the only laws we can,” she added.

Frost said the public should ask state legislators to change the laws.

At Animal Welfare League, executive director Kerry Pettit said when the agency gets a report and humane officers respond, they take certain steps.

“A lot of times, it’s education,” she said. “[People] think, ‘Well, they got a fur coat, they should be fine.’”

Frost said Animal Charity is being “inundated” with calls about animals in the cold.

Pettit said Animal Welfare League received more that 20 calls Monday, up from the usual two to six calls in a day.


1daar2055(54 comments)posted 6 months, 2 weeks ago

Ppl confuse me!!! If your going to have a dog why have it tied up outside period. It doesnt take four hours for a dog to do their business. A pet is a companion and protector cant be neither if it lives outside. Some ppl are are cruel or just stupid. If you cant trust your pets its your fault for not training them properly. Dogs and cats are smart and trainable.

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2bmanresident(597 comments)posted 6 months, 2 weeks ago

People confuse me too!!! There are so much violent crimes occurring in this city and surrounding areas and officials and police officers don't have a clue. However when an animal is involved all neighbors, cops, and everyone else is quick to call it in.

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3southsidedave(4777 comments)posted 6 months, 2 weeks ago

These inconsiderate animal owners should be made to stay outside for a few hours in the cold and see how they like it.

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4papa1(638 comments)posted 6 months, 2 weeks ago

is the dog warden aware than when the temp goes below zero water has a tendency to freeze? this is despicable, irresponsible behavior. these morons have less sense than the animals. I'm tired of the excuses by these agencies. I would have filled my vehicle with any dog and cat left to perish in this brutal weather! where are their brains? just like the childrens services agent that knocked on the door of the miscreant who murdered little teddy and wouldn't let him in! instead of staying there and calling the police, they say, "oh, ok", and leave! this is totally unacceptable and must stop. whether human or animal, where is your sense of compassion??

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5L0L(640 comments)posted 6 months, 2 weeks ago

Cruelty to animals is defined in the Ohio Revised Code as:
(1) Torture an animal, deprive one of necessary sustenance............confinement without sufficient quantity of food and water.

-I paraphrased the definition but did so to make some points. If they are outside and the temp is below 32 degrees, in which water freezes, then how are they being provided with water?

(2) Impound or confine an animal without affording it, during such confinement, access to shelter from wind, rain, snow or excessive direct sunlight if it can reasonably be expected that the animals would otherwise BECOME SICK OR IN SOME OTHER WAY SUFFER.

-So yes, they provide it with shelter but that alone is not acceptable according to the OHIO REVISED CODE. If it is as cold as it has been a reasonable human being would assume that the animal will suffer.

To the Mahoning County Dog Warden and Animal Charity. You people suck. Its always an excuse. Do your jobs. I will NEVER support any kind of levy for either entity because neither one does their job. More so the Dog Warden. Its always an excuse but hey, dont register your dog and its a federal offense. And no, I have never recieved a citation or any kind of legal reprimand from the Dog Warden to be bitter, Im simply pointing out the facts. They have the same type of job security as the weather man. Wrong 90% of the time and still have a job.

Completely disgusting.

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6kensgirl(571 comments)posted 6 months, 2 weeks ago

LOL is so right. The dog warden is WORTHLESS!! I've seen him walk away from dogs that were starving and left out on chains in freezing rain. When I asked him why he did nothing he went into smart ass mode. He couldn't care less about these animals. BTW people, just to let you know that there are no laws protecting cats. The Farm Bureau wants it that way. Period. Do what you want to a defenseless cat and nothing will be done about it. Animal Charity doesn't have a good history either. I've had one bad experience after another with them. Angels for Animals are the best. Bless the beasts and the children, for in this world they have no voice, they have no choice.

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7thirtyninedollars(169 comments)posted 6 months, 2 weeks ago

just because it had shelter did it have anything to keep it warm inside of the shelter? I mean seriously did it have hay or just some blanket frozen to the floor of the doghouse?
I agree, what is the point of owning a dog if you keep it tied up outside all the time with no social interaction or very little?

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8L0L(640 comments)posted 6 months, 2 weeks ago

correction. I meant the Humane Society. Not sure if thats the same thing as Animal Charity

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9YtownParent(276 comments)posted 6 months, 2 weeks ago

It's irresponsible and abusive of pet owners to leave an animal out in this cold period. Nonetheless I have to laugh at the absurdity of at least one poster coming to the defense of animals having to stand out in the cold, but just days ago complained that the schools were cancelled and thought kids should be made to walk to school and/or stand out at bus stops in this weather.

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10gdog4766(1401 comments)posted 6 months, 2 weeks ago

Trust me, when the one who was cited shows up in court there will probably be someone holding a sign calling for max punishment. But when poor Teddy Foltz was beaten to death and nobody stepped in to protect him very few people showed concern. There were even some on here who defended the disgraceful and failure of a Struthers cop and mahoning county CPS worker. Kick a dog people freak out, torutre and beat a kid to death and nothing.

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11papa1(638 comments)posted 6 months, 2 weeks ago

I say strip the dog warden naked, give him a thin blanket and chain him to a doghouse with some hay inside, no water and do it on a night when it's zero outside. you would think a dog warden would be an animal lover. not so!! poor excuse for a human being.

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12BJ(18 comments)posted 6 months, 2 weeks ago

This just makes my blood boil. I'm curious as to what training the executive director of animal charities has...is he or she a lawyer?? Has the director even been a humane agent?

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13BJ(18 comments)posted 6 months, 2 weeks ago

I'm glad the vindy did a story on this epidemic. So many dogs are chained, neglected & abused in our area. Animal charities should call other counties & see how they handle humane issues. This shouldn't be happening. I don't believe these humane agents are as powerless as they say. A frozen water source is not acceptable. Nor is a shelter with holes in the roof.

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14BJ(18 comments)posted 6 months, 2 weeks ago

“The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated.” ~ Mahatma Gandhi

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15BJ(18 comments)posted 6 months, 2 weeks ago

According to Gary PilcheR of Animal Charities, "... in Ohio, a member of a humane society may require a law enforcement officer, such as a sheriff or police officer, “to arrest any person found violating the laws in relation to cruelty to persons or animals, and to take possession of any animal cruelly treated.” §1717.09. Furthermore, under § 1717.13”
When, in order to protect any animal from neglect, it is necessary to take possession of it, any person may do so. When an animal is impounded or confined, and continues without necessary food, water, or proper attention for more than fifteen successive hours, any person may, as often as is necessary, enter any place in which the animal is impounded or confined and supply it with necessary food, water, and attention, so long as it remains there, or, if necessary, or convenient, he may remove such animal; and he shall not be liable to an action for such entry.

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16BJ(18 comments)posted 6 months, 2 weeks ago

People need to understand that Animal Charities is to blame here, not the warden.

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17BJ(18 comments)posted 6 months, 2 weeks ago

There are so many dogs on the city's east side that I call Animal Charities about due to inadequate food, water & shelter. Nothing is done. It's heartbreaking.

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18BJ(18 comments)posted 6 months, 2 weeks ago

In fact, there is a dog on Pearl St. who's owner died & he is left chained to his dog house. The neighbor "sometimes" feeds it. I have called a dozen times about this dog, yet he's still there. Just left to die on the end of that chain.

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19BJ(18 comments)posted 6 months, 2 weeks ago

I hope the Vindicator follows up on some of the above questions.

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20BJ(18 comments)posted 6 months, 2 weeks ago

Why is this happening? We have humane agents for a reason. So upsetting.

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21BJ(18 comments)posted 6 months, 2 weeks ago

Animal charities seized a dog last april that I called about. So, they can seize dogs that have unacceptable water sources, no food & inadequate shelter. So, why not take a beagle that's freezing & needs medical attention????
Beyond unacceptable. These agents aren't as powerless as they say they are!

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