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Volunteers, money needed to care for 200-plus animals

Pets seized from animal sanctuary

PERRY TOWNSHIP — Volunteers and monetary donations are needed to help take care of more than 200 animals seized on Friday from Alchemy Acres on Depot Road.

The Columbiana County Humane Society said the animals were “living in filthy and extremely unhealthy conditions,” with police confirming the location as Alchemy Acres. CCHS Executive Director Jenna Tyger could not be reached for comment.

Perry Township police Chief Mike Emigh said his department was at the scene to keep the peace, but was not involved in the case. He said he wasn’t notified about the raid until it happened Friday afternoon.

Steve Sacco, who operates the nonprofit Alchemy Acres Animal Sanctuary with his family and volunteers, said he had no comment. The no-kill animal shelter and adoption center has been operating for many years, relying on fundraisers and donations.

The CCHS press release said “due to the condition of the property and animals, the cats, dogs and small animals were immediately taken into the care of CCHS. The animals are undergoing veterinary assessment and will be kept in quarantine until diagnostic testing and treatment plans have been completed and developed. CCHS is the only county humane society empowered to investigate suspected animal abuse in Columbiana County. The Humane Investigations Program is completely funded by donations.”

CCHS, headquartered in Perry Township on South Lincoln Avenue, is looking for help to care for the animals because there’s such a high number of them coming into their care all at once. Besides monetary donations, CCHS could use animal care supplies of cat and dog food, cat litter, small litter boxes and flea treatment, which can be donated to the shelter or through the website at www.columbianacountyhumanesociety.org. There’s also an Amazon Wish List under Salem Humane Society.

Pet Lodge USA of Boardman is accepting donations at its warehouse, 8060 Southern Blvd. Donations will be accepted Monday through Friday during normal business hours, and 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. There also is a trailer open 24/7 for after-hours donations that is monitored by security camera. More information can be found on Pet Lodge USA Boardman’s Facebook page.

CCHS can be reached at 234-575-7177 or via email at cchsdirector@gmail.com.

mgreier@salemnews.net

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