Nearly 100 dogs seized from Indiana home placed in shelters across Cincinnati


Nearly 100 dogs were rescued Friday from an Indiana home. It happened in Salt Creek Township in Franklin County. SPCA Cincinnati stepped in to help and took in 18 of the dogs rescued. “When you have 90 plus dogs in a residence, there’s absolutely no way one or two individuals can meet the needs of those dogs,” volunteer Jeanine Higginbotham said.Higginbotham is a volunteer with Franklin County Humane Society.It was concern from citizens that prompted the Franklin County Sheriff’s Department to conduct a weekslong exploration into animal cruelty. A search warrant performed on the home revealed 92 dogs, mostly boxers, pit bulls and boxer-pit bull mix.It was a massive response with help from humane societies, rescue groups, volunteers and law enforcement.”Being a rural area, we have a limited volunteer base. This was pretty much the biggest undertaking we’ve ever had with our county, so we had about 50 volunteers on sight,” Higginbotham said. SPCA Cincinnati helped supply a team of professionals to help including veterinarians, who examined each dog.”We have many, many years of experience with this sort of thing,” SPCA CEO Mike Retzlaff said. “That’s why I sent our operations and medical team there to help coordinate this because it’s a huge effort.” Higginbotham said many dogs recovered from the home had various health concerns.She said some will need medical and emotional care before being adopted out.While others, such as the 18 brought to SPCA Cincinnati, will be ready for adoption as soon as next week. “We’ll be releasing these dogs throughout the week, as they’re cleared, spayed and neutered, whatever the case may be,” Retzlaff said. “All animals that leave here are spayed and neutered. So, we can cut down on pet overpopulation.”The dogs were taken to five rescues across the Greater Cincinnati region.Eight dogs remain at Friends of Franklin County Indiana Animal Shelter. A rescue from Georgia is scheduled to come Thursday to take them back to their facility.An official with the Franklin County Sheriff’s Department said the case is under investigation pending the results of the Board of Animal Health veterinarians and assisting veterinarians. Once the reports are finalized, they will be sent to the Franklin County prosecutor for review of possible criminal charges.

Nearly 100 dogs were rescued Friday from an Indiana home. It happened in Salt Creek Township in Franklin County.

SPCA Cincinnati stepped in to help and took in 18 of the dogs rescued.

“When you have 90 plus dogs in a residence, there’s absolutely no way one or two individuals can meet the needs of those dogs,” volunteer Jeanine Higginbotham said.

Higginbotham is a volunteer with Franklin County Humane Society.

It was concern from citizens that prompted the Franklin County Sheriff’s Department to conduct a weekslong investigation into animal cruelty.

A search warrant performed on the home revealed 92 dogs, mostly boxers, pit bulls and boxer-pit bull mix.

It was a massive response with help from humane societies, rescue groups, volunteers and law enforcement.

“Being a rural area, we have a limited volunteer base. This was pretty much the biggest undertaking we’ve ever had with our county, so we had about 50 volunteers on sight,” Higginbotham said.

SPCA Cincinnati helped supply a team of professionals to help including veterinarians, who examined each dog.

“We have many, many years of experience with this sort of thing,” SPCA CEO Mike Retzlaff said. “That’s why I sent our operations and medical team there to help coordinate this because it’s a huge effort.”

Higginbotham said many dogs recovered from the home had various health concerns.

She said some will need medical and emotional care before being adopted out.

While others, such as the 18 brought to SPCA Cincinnati, will be ready for adoption as soon as next week.

“We’ll be releasing these dogs throughout the week, as they’re cleared, spayed and neutered, whatever the case may be,” Retzlaff said. “All animals that leave here are spayed and neutered. So, we can cut down on pet overpopulation.”

The dogs were taken to five rescues across the Greater Cincinnati region.

Eight dogs remain at Friends of Franklin County Indiana Animal Shelter.

A rescue from Georgia is scheduled to come Thursday to take them back to their facility.

An official with the Franklin County Sheriff’s Department said the case is under investigation pending the results of the Board of Animal Health veterinarians and assisting veterinarians.

Once the reports are finalized, they will be sent to the Franklin County prosecutor for review of possible criminal charges.

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