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Foster homes needed for 105 dogs seized in Smith Twp.

Published: Sat, January 18, 2014 @ 12:01 a.m.




Humane agents with the Mahoning County Animal Charity Humane Society seized 105 dogs Friday from a Smith Township home.

Agents executed a search warrant at the 1100 North Johnson home about 10:50 a.m. and took the dogs, most of them puppies.

Christopher Flak, a humane agent, said the home operated as “a puppy mill.” The dogs were kept in other quarters on separate parts of the property, he said, and cleaned up for prospective buyers.

He said the owner of the home, Terri Wylie, 57, has been in trouble in the past and faces numerous counts of animal cruelty.

The dogs were taken back to Animal Charity to be examined and will be housed in numerous kennels across Mahoning County for the time being.

As agents were serving the warrant and bringing out the dogs and puppies, at least four people showed up to claim dogs they bought from Wylie online, Flak said.

The puppies are primarily Yorkies, Tea Cup Yorkies and pit-bull mixes, Flak said. He said humane agents have been to her home before.

Flak said the investigation began after his office received a complaint from someone who purchased a puppy Jan. 7. The person had bought a puppy from Wylie, and the puppy was taken to a veterinarian with several medical problems, including ear mites and an infection on its back.

The person returned the puppy, and instead of receiving money back, received another puppy — which had the same medical problems, Flak said.

A check through Mahoning County court records for Wylie shows 40 cases listed since 1993, most of them civil, although there are two criminal — an animal complaint in 2004 and a falsification charge in 2011.

A phone number listed for her said the number is no longer in service.

Wylie’s North Johnson Road home features a large yard that provides enough space to house the puppies, Flak said. He said the four dogs that were set to be sold Friday were the only dogs there that were bathed.

Flak said it took about three days to arrange the logistics in order to house the dogs and to serve the warrant. Other agencies that assisted included the Mahoning County Dog Warden’s Office, the Columbiana County Humane Society and the Mahoning County Sheriff’s Office.

The conditions were so bad that if he was investigating a call rather than serving a warrant, he still would have taken the puppies, Flak said.

“We found the conditions to be deplorable,” Flak said.

Flak said agents also seized records to see if she had the proper paperwork to sell or breed the puppies. He said she will be in court later this month.

The humane society is taking foster applications for the dogs. Anyone interested can stop in between 10 a.m. and noon today at its 4140 Market St. offices in Boardman.


1Roger_Thornhill(1051 comments)posted 2 years, 4 months ago

If she was smart she would have just left them out in the cold and then they would have said they couldn't do anything.

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2endthismess(461 comments)posted 2 years, 4 months ago

So if this so called business woman was in trouble before for doing this SAME EXACT THING why was Stumble County being so lenient with her? They saw the conditions & her "business decorum" before! I blame the county for NOT doing their own job correctly!

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3lovethiscity(169 comments)posted 2 years, 4 months ago

This "business" only exists because people have created a market demand for the product.

If people would just stop BUYING puppies, this would have never happened. Period.

Please....RESCUE don't BUY.

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4janeyblue3(85 comments)posted 2 years, 4 months ago

Well sais lovethiscity!
My favorite breed is rescue

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5walter_sobchak(2634 comments)posted 2 years, 4 months ago

Foster applications for dogs? LMFAO

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6navcorey(2 comments)posted 2 years, 4 months ago

Foster applications for dogs makes perfect sense. Obviously they have to weed out the idiots. Where can we get applications if we weren't able to get to the Humane Society on Saturday?

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7dontbeafool(1949 comments)posted 2 years, 4 months ago

Well there should be about 40 good homes available by the 40 people who were outraged over the kid in the puppy costume. It is time to put up or shut up.

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8farmgirl27(1 comment)posted 2 years, 4 months ago

The dogs shown on this newscast look completely taken care of. It seems to me that the owner of these beautiful dogs has done a wonderful job. There is a HUGE difference between a puppy mill and a REPUTABLE breeder. In this case it is very clear that she took excellent care of her dogs. None of their coats were overgrown no dogs are underweight. The alleged ear mites that the "humane officer" claimed were uncommon,are actually among the most common, easily treated ailments in dogs and cats. I hope this woman wins her case against the ill-equipped Animal Charity facility. Those dogs are her personal property. It is no judgment of the public what she can and cannot do with her animals, especially when she has worked for 30 years to get the beautiful animals she has now. I hope there is a follow up story about the case taking place on the 30th. Anyone who has raised animals (dogs, cats, horses, birds, etc.) knows how much work goes into the care of these animals. A reputable breeder like Mrs. Wylie, provides your local families with pets that you cherish forever. She has done nothing wrong and deserves to get her animals back and her name cleared.

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9puppysmom(1 comment)posted 2 years, 3 months ago

farmgirl27, are you making your statements solely based on what you saw on a newscast or have you personally dealt with Teri Wylie? I purchased a dog 5 years ago from this woman and have statements from veterinarians related to skin disease he had as a direct result of the living conditions he was forced to endure on her property. In addition, she lied to me about his registration papers, his vaccinations, and many other items. Thank you to the Humane Agents who have persisted in putting an end to this horrible treatment of so many helpless animals.

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