NOVELTY, OH (WOIO) - is rescuing more than 100 animals from a major hoarding and neglect case in Geauga County.
Humane Officer Christian Courtwright and his team are in the process of bringing in roughly 50 dogs, a pig, two goats and 50 guinea pigs, all rescued from a property in Hampton Township. Investigators say they were living in overcrowded and unsanitary conditions.
"With the dogs I would say they had been getting some food, but it's still neglect. They were living in filth, weren't being taken care of properly or vetted," says Hope Brustein with Rescue Village.
"We tried to work with the owners to get them in compliance. When those efforts failed we had to take the animals into our custody," says Courthwright.
The case will be prosecuted under Ohio humane law statutes, thought it's unclear whether any charges will be filed in the case.
All of the animals will be evaluated and treated and, eventually, most of them will be put up for adoption.
Courtwright says, "Support from the community is vital at this time. Rescue Village is seeking funds for Project S.A.V.E., a fund to help animals with veterinary emergencies."
Despite the shelter being under construction, Rescue Village will make room for all of these animals and provide them with the medical care and attention they deserve.
Once at the shelter, all animals must be examined, vaccinated, diagnosed and treated for disease and rehabilitated which can take months and is very costly.
To accommodate animals coming to the shelter through this case, we will be transferring a majority of current adoptable dogs to other highly respected shelters and rescues in our area.
The anticipated costs for this rescue and rehab could top $25,000.
Rescue Village is accepting donations to Project S.A.V.E.
Community members wishing to contribute to the fund may send donations to this address:
Rescue Village – Project SAVE
P.O. Box 116
Novelty, Ohio 44072
440 338-4819 x19