Animal Cruelty Cases Double in Union County
Updated: Saturday, March 23 2013, 07:08 PM EDT
MARYSVILLE—A Central Ohio humane society says animal complains have doubled in Union County. As of March, three dogs have already been seized from their owners.
To Union County Humane Agent Steffen Baldwin, it’s remarkable that little Odette is still alive. Baldwin said the dog lived alone without food and water for more than two weeks until a neighbor started feeding her through a window.
Odette was seized in January after her owner was evicted from his home weeks ago. Her owner could face animal neglect and abandonment charges.
Baldwin encourages neighbors to report such cases of neglect.
Other dogs have lived in similar conditions. Just days ago, Baldwin said two dogs were found in a house full of their own waste. They were saved as well.
"The severity of the calls are increasing,” Baldwin said. “Leaving a dog to fend for itself with no food or water--that's a life or death situation."
Odette’s owner has been called to a hearing this Thursday. If that person does not show up, Odette will belong to the humane society and be up for adoption.
Reporter: Jen French