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Sheriff: Owner of emaciated dogs arrested

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Posted at 6:08 PM, Mar 23, 2018
and last updated 2018-03-25 17:31:48-04

HAMILTON, Ohio -- The owner of two emaciated dogs was arrested and charged with cruelty to a companion animal on Friday, according to a news release from the Butler County Sheriff’s Office.

Sheriff Richard Jones wrote in a news release that Brian Trauthwein, 42, owned two female dogs that authorities discovered in an extreme state of long-term starvation Thursday. According the the release, one of the dogs was near death by Friday afternoon.

“The suffering that both these dogs endured is ridiculous,” Jones wrote. “There are so many different ways to get help for animals, so this outcome will not be tolerated.”

Both dogs -- one a tawny Boxer; the other a black and white pit bull type -- were taken to the Animal Friends Humane Society, where Jones wrote they were receiving medical attention.

"They have a long way to go," Butler County Dog Warden Kurt Merbs wrote in a Facebook post Thursday evening.