Sheriff: Three dogs dead, 25 rescued from cages in sweltering Ashland County house

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SULLIVAN TWP. − Criminal charges are expected after three dogs were found dead and 25 others were rescued Monday from feces-filled cages in a stifling house on county Road 681.

According to a news release posted on the Ashland County Sheriff's Office website, the local Humane Society received a call that many dogs were being held in the house "and were not being cared for properly."

The responding deputy saw the animals in "horrible living conditions."

Authorities got a search warrant so that deputies and volunteers could remove the animals. Veterinarian Dr. Kristine LaFever also responded, the release states.

Temperature topped 90 degrees in Sullivan Township house where dogs were rescued

“They reported that the smell of urine and feces was horrible throughout the house. The temperature was above 90 degrees in most of the house,” the release, posted by Chief Deputy David Blake, states.

Sgt. Cindy Benner told the Times-Gazette the animals were taken to the Ashland County-West Holmes Career Center where they are being cared for.

According to a Tuesday night Facebook post on the Humane Society of Ashland County's page, the dogs were being examined, having their needs documented and cared for by many volunteers.

"Once healthy and spayed and neutered dogs will be made available for adoption," the post reads.

Benner said the water left for the dogs in the house "was not appropriate for the animals" as it was contaminated with feces.

As of Wednesday afternoon no other information was available.

According to the sheriff's release, charges will be filed after LaFever completes her assessment and an attorney reviews the case.

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