CINCINNATI -- Almost 60 dogs joined a growing lists of animals rescued from deplorable conditions in the Tri-State on Friday.
Those dogs were rescued from a Price Hill house, where Cincinnati SPCA officials said 42 of them were kept in cages stacked on top of one another in a shed. The remainder was caged inside the house.
Cincinnati police initially made the discovery, before calling in the SPCA to take the animals for care.
"They're filthy, ones that have long hair are matted, they're a mess," Dr. Tamara Goforth, director of SPCA medical services said.
The confiscation of the animals from the residence follows the arrest of Dennis Kramer in Alexandria, Ky. for animal cruelty involving 20 dogs there. Another 62 dogs were taken from a minivan found parked outside a Columbus, Ohio hotel.
The rash of animal cruelty incidents involving dogs also coincide with new laws passed in Ohio requiring breeders who produce at least 9 litters and at least 60 dogs in a year to get a license. The regulation was designed to prevent puppy mills in Ohio.
The law also set standards for housing and care of puppies and dogs that include making sure kennels are clean and properly ventilated.
In the case of the Price Hill bust, another SPCA staff member described how deplorable the conditions there were.
"The odor from fecal matter was almost overpowering for our officers when they entered the facility, very poor ventilation so these dogs were breathing really bad air," said Mike Retzlaff, director of operations at the Cincinnati SPCA said. We have found some dogs that are pregnant. There were several puppies involved in this too, so right now speculation is they were being bred."
And though it was the Cincinnati police who discovered Friday’s dogs, organizations such as the Humane Society urge people to report possible animal cruelty to their local SPCA or other animal care agency.
Specifically, the Humane Society recommends documenting the abuse with photos or videos whenever possible, and be prepared to testify.
For more information and tips, visit the Humane Society.
The fate of the dogs found in Price Hill will be decided Monday, when a judge will rule whether or not the animals should be returned to their owner.
As far as the condition of the dogs, which were mostly small breeds, Goforth said there is good news.
"I don't think it's anything they can't overcome once they get proper exercise out where they can move around," Goforth said. "There is one little dog who had some really bad knee issues and couldn't stand up hardly at all."
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