MOUNT VERNON — A Knox County judge has ruled that dogs seized from the Pittie Paw dog rescue will be held pending the outcome of criminal charges.
Common Pleas Judge Richard Wetzel ordered dogs seized by the Knox County Dog Warden to be held at the county animal shelter until animal cruelty charges against Kristin Beaupry, 24, Centerburg, are resolved.
Beaupry is charged with one count of cruelty to animals and six counts of prohibitions concerning companion animals in Mount Vernon Municipal Court. Beaupry has pleaded not guilty to the charges.
If Beaupry is found guilty of the charges, the state can move to take the dogs away permanently and order her to pay for their care while the case was pending. If found not guilty, Beaupry can petition to have the dogs released to her.
The dog warden has taken in a total of 67 dogs from Pittie Paw. Most of the dogs were voluntarily surrendered by Beaupry, but Beaupry would like to reclaim at least 11 of the dogs.
The 11 dogs were seized Sept. 19 by a court order after it was determined Pittie Paw had lost its ability to supply water to the rescue building. A total of 46 dogs were taken Sept. 19, with 21 others surrendered between Aug. 28 and Sept. 18.
The 11 dogs in question are aggressive, and are confined to kennels at the animal shelter. Beaupry has asked that she and her mother be permitted to walk the dogs while they are at the shelter.
How the injunction will affect Beaupry’s ability to visit the dogs is not known. Knox County Prosecuting Attorney Chip McConville said Beaupry has been at the animal shelter at least once, for a rescue dog experiencing medical problems, and that “there continues to be a decent working relationship there.”