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Knox County Dog Warden John Carhart said Pittie Paw Rescue will be issued a list of recommendations following an investigation into their facility at 29710 Coshocton Road. Carhart said the list is part of an effort to bring Pittie Paw into compliance without taking legal action.
Carhart declined to comment on the recommendations contained in the list. Carhart said that some of the dogs appeared to be underweight but not malnourished. Criminal charges are not being considered in the case, Carhart said.
Pittie Paw has 66 dogs in a building at the Coshocton Road address, Carhart said. The dogs appear to be mostly pit bull mix, Carhart said.
The dog warden’s investigation into Pittie Paw began after Pittie Paw moved operations from Licking County to Knox County in July 2018. According to a search warrant affidavit filed in Knox County Probate Court, Pittie Paw failed to notify the Ohio Department of Agriculture of the change in location as required by Ohio law. The ODA is the monitoring authority for animal rescues.
The search warrant states that the county commissioners and dog warden received “numerous complaints … about the number of dogs” at the Coshocton Road facility as well as complaints about “the welfare of the dogs.” A complaint from a neighbor specifically cited in the affidavit states that only the “same few dogs” were being exercised.
The complaints came from “neighbors and township officials,” according to the affidavit.
Pittie Paw informed the dog warden there were 56 dogs in the building on an unspecified date sometime before Aug. 27, according to the affidavit.
The affidavit describes the rescue building as two story, rectangular and measuring 120 feet long and 40 feet wide. The building does not have water service or a well, according to the affidavit. A partially filled agricultural water container was observed on the property by a deputy dog warden.
The dog warden’s office located Pittie Paw owner Kristin Beaupry Aug. 21 after multiple visits to the Coshocton Road property and set up an inspection date for Aug. 27, according to the affidavit. The appointment was canceled by Pittie Paw Aug. 26.
The search warrant was obtained and served Monday. Carhart said the health department and ODA have visited the site since the search warrant was served.
Beaupry, 24, was recently charged with 24 counts of prohibitions concerning companion animals, second-degree misdemeanors, in Licking County Municipal Court. The charges stem from dead and dying cats discovered at Beaupry’s former residence in Licking County, according to the affidavit. Licking County Municipal Court records indicate the charges stem from Aug. 4.
Beaupry is scheduled for arraignment on the Licking County charges today.
A call to Pittie Paw’s business number was not returned, as of press time.