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More than 50 animals seized from condemned Summit County home

Published: Dec. 14, 2021 at 9:34 AM EST|Updated: Dec. 14, 2021 at 6:40 PM EST
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TWINSBURG, Ohio (WOIO) - The Humane Society of Summit County was awarded ownership of more than 50 cats, dogs, and other pets that were seized from a Northeast Ohio home.

The humane society’s agents began investigating the Summit County home after receiving reports in October of abuse and severe neglect of the animals.

“The conditions were horrible,” said Diane Johnson-Owen, the president and CEO of the Humane Society of Summit County.

Animals seized from Summit County home
Animals seized from Summit County home(Source: Humane Society of Summit County)

Johnson-Owen told 19 News the pets had little access to food or water.

  • 22 small Chihuahua-mix dogs, including two litters of puppies
  • 13 adult cats and kittens
  • 15 caged birds in rooms “surrounded by refuse, waste, and vermin”

Johnson-Owen said the cats were found in every room desperately seeking refuge from the unsafe conditions.

Animals seized from Summit County home
Animals seized from Summit County home(Source: Humane Society of Summit County)

In total, the rescue operation of the underweight and unhealthy animals lasted for 12 hours over two days.

“They were emaciated. They had ringworm,” said Johnson-Owen, adding that the animals have received both medical treatment and behavioral training, due to the abuse and neglect.

The Humane Society of Summit County took ownership of the animals following a Nov. 30 ruling in Akron Municipal Court.

Some of the birds seized were transferred to local rescues, but the other pets may become available for adoption following treatment for malnutrition and other health issues, including ringworm, fleas, and open wounds.

Donations are also being accepted with expenses estimated to cost over $50,000.

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