MOUNT VERNON — Criminal charges were filed against Pittie Paw Rescue owner Kristin Beaupry Monday in Mount Vernon Municipal Court.
Beaupry, 24, Centerburg, is charged with one count of cruelty to animals, a second-degree misdemeanor, and six counts of prohibitions concerning companion animals, first-degree misdemeanors. The case is scheduled for arraignment Nov. 6.
The charges “run the gamut” of the cruelty animal statutes, Mount Vernon Law Director Rob Broeren told the News.
The charges stem from Aug. 29, Sept. 6 and Sept. 19. They allege that Beaupry negligently failed to provide medical care to five dogs, and failed to provide nourishment and proper living conditions for 12 other dogs.
The charges carry maximum jail sentences of 90 days to 180 days. If convicted, Beaupry may also be ordered to surrender the dogs and pay the cost of the animals’ confinement while they were in the care of the dog warden, according to the charges.
The dates on the charges coincide with a Sept. 19 order to seize all dogs from the rescue. At the time, the rescue was located in an old cabinet shop off Coshocton Road in Butler Township.
An injunction to prevent Beaupry from claiming 15 dogs seized by the county Sept. 19 is pending in Knox County Common Pleas Court. A total of 67 dogs were taken into the care of the dog warden’s office from Pittie Paw between Aug. 28 and Sept. 19. Beaupry voluntarily surrendered 52 dogs to the dog warden, and the 15 dogs seized are being held as evidence at the county animal shelter, pending the injunction.
The court order that led to the dogs being seized Sept. 19 was brought due to the rescue’s water supply being cut off.
A hearing on the injunction is scheduled for Wednesday in Knox County Common Pleas Court.
One of the dogs named in the charges was euthanised after she was surrendered to the dog warden Sept. 6. The dog, named Opal, had systemic infection, hookworm, and ulcerations of the mouth and esophagus, according to Knox County Common Pleas Court records. A necropsy was performed on Opal’s remains.
At least one of the dogs listed in the charges was voluntarily surrendered to the dog warden. It is not known if the other dogs named in the charges were seized, and therefore subject to the injunction.
Broeren said the charges are not based on whether the dogs were seized or surrendered, but on the dog warden’s investigation. While the injunction seeks to hold the dogs that were seized, Broeren said the surrender or seizure of dogs is not an issue in the municipal court charges.
Broeren said the dogs are “part of the evidence” in the charges pending against Beaupry.
Beaupry is also facing similar charges in Licking County Municipal Court, where she is scheduled to contest 24 counts of prohibitions concerning companion animals in a Nov. 29 jury trial. The charges stem from dead and dying cats discovered at Beaupry’s former residence in Licking County.