HOWARD — More than 50 dogs were seized this morning from Pittie Paw dog rescue operations after Knox County Judge Richard Wetzel signed an order affirming the animals were being “treated inhumanely” at 29710 Coshocton Road, Butler Township. Knox County Prosecuting Attorney Chip McConville petitioned the court for the order requesting the seizure of “dogs that are in imminent danger of being deprived of water.”
The move comes after an adjacent property owner, Henry Troyer, blocked access to 29710 Coshocton Road from his property, stating there is no easement. This is the only access from U.S. 36 to the building that houses the dogs.
According to documents filed in Knox County Common Pleas Court this morning, Troyer, through his attorney, sent letters to Kristin Beaupry of Pittie Paw Rescue and property owner Robert Ackerman, in mid-August announcing his intention to build a fence and define his property line.
“This will cut off access to this building,” the letter stated.
A second letter was sent Sept. 4, reminding both parties that the driveway would be shutdown “on or about Sept. 17.”
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McConville’s petition provides details to the course of the investigation by the Knox County Animal Shelter which indicates the property has no direct access to water except for what is trucked in. A 170-gallon capacity water tank described was “approximately half full” Tuesday.
“Based on my estimates of water necessary for cleaning and watering the dogs, this will result in dogs running out of water or the interior of the building becoming filthy within the next 24 hours,” Knox County Dog Warden John Carhart wrote in his statement. “… Leaving animals without adequate water constitutes inhumane treatment and is a violation of R.C. 959.13(D). Given the amount of time necessary to transport more than 50 animals from the facility, it is my professional opinion that immediate action must be taken to preserve the well-being of the dogs housed at 29710 Coshocton Road.”
This is a developing story and will be updated as more information becomes available.