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Humane agents look for missing dog



Published: Tue, January 28, 2014 @ 8:00 p.m.

Dog that was subject to complaints taken

Dog that was subject to complaints taken

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Humane agents are searching for a dog taken from the 400 block of Albert Street that had been the subject of complaints by people upset it was left outside in cold weather.

Humane Agent Christopher Flak of Animal Charity said he has some leads on who may have taken the dog and is investigating.

Flak said he has been investigating reports for two and a half years by people complaining that the dog is outside too much and is left outside in extreme weather.

However, Flak said the owner of the large breed dog has done everything he is legally required to do under state law. He said the dog has adequate shelter for being outside and access to plenty of food and water.

He said under state law a person can remove an animal from a person’s care if they believe the animal is being abused or neglected, but they must inform the person they are taking the animal and why.

Flak said Youngstown police were called to the home for a complaint about the dog about 8 p.m. Monday and were called back about 12 p.m. Tuesday after the dog was discovered to be missing. Flak said the owner has filed a theft report.

“The homeowner is extremely irate and upset about it,” Flak said.

Monday, a man who owned two beagles in another East Side home on Stocker Avenue gave the dogs to the Mahoning County Dog Warden’s office after he received several social media complaints about how the dogs were left outside in cages. Those beagles were in turn given to Angels for Animals, which is trying to find foster homes for them.

An official with the dog warden’s office said those dogs were in good shape and legally they had adequate food and shelter despite the weather.


Comments

1jr(12 comments)posted 6 months, 3 weeks ago

They should look into a so called rescue that has stolen the dog and has pictures posted on her fb page. Probably the same that made the complaint calls to give a so called reason to steal the animal. Hope an arrest is made to stop this kind of thing happening again.

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276Ytown(1229 comments)posted 6 months, 3 weeks ago

To leave an animal outside in these extreme temperatures is abuse The owners should be made to sit outside in their bare feet and without gloves to think about what their animals are experiencing.

How sad to think that people are too selfish to bring their dog inside to stay in a basement or kitchen during temp extremes.

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3westsidelove(13 comments)posted 6 months, 3 weeks ago

I understand the dogs owner being upset because his dog was stolen, but why?? If its an outside dog and gets no attention whats the big deal. One less bill buying food ya would think.

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4jaimeb31(1 comment)posted 6 months, 3 weeks ago

The owner is upset that the dog is gone???? I saw actual photos of this poor animals "living" conditions and I am sorry, if that is all that is required by Ohio law then Ohio law is a source of the problem. I just hope this dog is now being treated better than he was!!!!

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5dogmom(1 comment)posted 6 months, 3 weeks ago

First off, it is slander to accuse someone of something that they did not do. It is stupid and typical to think that someone so outspoken about this dog would steal it. Animal Charity only did their job after the accused called them for two weeks in a row and then the media got word of these dogs being ignored. The outspoken person also was also called "unreasonable" by Animal Charity and they have blacklisted them because they are exposing what is being ignored.

The person that is also being falsely accused on this site also rescued a dog last week that was legally surrendered by the owner. The dog was taken to a vet and it is very very sick. The dog was positive for Heartworm disease, blind in one eye, dehydrated, and needs surgery. The treatment for Heartworm disease is very expensive as well as very painful for the dog. This dog is also elderly which makes his treatment even harder for him. Animal Charity claims that this dog was okay, obviously he is not okay.

Ohio's humane laws regarding dogs kept outside are a joke. As a veterinary professional who treats dogs, this law doesn't take into consideration how a dog deals with the cold. Just because they have a fur coat doesn't mean that they are staying warm. Our laws needs to be changed to consider the effects of the cold on animals left outside. Animal Charity's human officer and the staff probably have no idea of how to identify a sick dog. They are law enforcement and not trained at all. This needs to change.

Also chaining has been denounced by animal welfare groups, behaviorists, and the veterinary medical community. Many of these chained dogs suffer because they have been confined by their chains and cannot move or reach shelter from the cold. If an owner doesn't want a dog in the house, then they should not have one.

An investigation needs to be done into the practices of Animal Charity as well as the Mahoning County Dog Pound as well. This investigation also needs to revaluate the resources to both of these groups. They need additional funds to improve the work that they do. Why is it that there is only one human agent and limited staff at the Mahoning County Dog Pound?

The accused rescuer did not take the dog, I have spoken to them and they do have evidence to verify this. Somebody who read the story on social media or the news took it. Somebody who in good faith could not stand to see this dog continue to suffer under the "assumption" that it was safe and healthy. If the owner of this dog was truly concerned with the dog, they would keep this dog inside. Owner is irate because the cruel and neglectful care of the dog has been exposed. This is truly why they are upset, not because the dog is gone. Owner should have given up dog when the opportunity to do so was given to them, they did not.

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6westsidelove(13 comments)posted 6 months, 3 weeks ago

I agree with you dogmom, just because a person helps a stranded,starving,cold dog doesnt mean theyre going around snatching dogs. The angel of a person who helped that dog had permission to do so. i dont understand how some people can really see nothing wrong with leaving an animal chained outside in this weather. Mankinds goind down the tubes.

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