Five counts of animal cruelty were filed in Wadsworth Municipal Court on Friday by the Medina County Society Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) against Barbara Guillermo of Mud Lake Rd. in Seville.
Guillermo kept over twenty dogs on a property at 8883 Willow Rd. in Harrisville Township.
Investigators followed an anonymous tip regarding neglect of dogs on the property. Three of Guillermo's puppies died on the property and the rest of the litter, and the mother, were removed by the Medina County SPCA Humane Officer for immediate medical care.
Two other dogs were removed with severe bite wounds that remained untreated by Guillermo. One of the bite wound victims is scheduled for surgery to continue repair of the extensive wounds on his legs.
Guillermo was previously convicted of animal cruelty in Wadsworth Municipal court in 2002 and was sentenced to jail time and a probation period where she was not allowed to own dogs. The case in 2002 also involved multiple dogs.
Dependant on donations, the Medina County SPCA is a non-profit organization that enforces the animal cruelty laws in Medina County.
The agency has incurred several thousands of dollars in veterinary expenses in caring for the dogs in the Guillermo case.
The agency is in desperate need of foster homes for the dogs and puppies in this case and also for monetary donations for the growing medical expenses. To foster a dog or puppy, please contact the SPCA at 330-723-7722, option 7.
Donations may be made to Medina County SPCA, PO Box 135, Medina, OH 44258.