MOUNT VERNON — Knox County Dog Warden John Carhart informed the Knox County Commissioners Thursday that of 67 dogs in total taken from Pittie Paw Rescue, either surrendered or seized in September, 37 remain. The 37 remaining include 15 taken into evidence against PPR owner Kristin Beaupry, who has pleaded innocent to numerous counts in Municipal Court. They include six first-degree misdemeanor counts involving prohibitions with companion animals.
Twenty-one of the dogs were surrendered at various times, starting in late August, after a neighbor complained about PPR, located at 29710 Coshocton Road, with 46 more seized Sept. 19. Water to the property had been shut off and a court order permitted the seizure of dogs, at least five of whom allegedly did not receive needed medical care, and a dozen more alleged to be malnourished.
Commissioner Teresa Bemiller asked Carhart if some of the dogs were being adopted or rescued. One of the dogs suffered from medical issues and was euthanized.
“They’re moving,” Carhart responded, offering that while there have been a few rescues of the dogs from other entities, most of the 30 that are no longer at the dog shelter have involved adoptions. PPR had previously moved to Coshocton Road from Licking County, where there are 24 counts filed against her for companion animal violations allegedly involving dead or dying cats. They had allegedly been abandoned, Carhart said. PPR has a land contract on Coshocton Road in a former cabinet shop and was making monthly payments to the owner, Carhart added, offering after his update, “There are no regulations on how many dogs you can have. You just have to be able to take care of them.”
The dog shelter took in 92 dogs in September, a higher than average number due to the PPR investigation and the subsequent surrender and seizure of dogs. A total of 47 dogs entered the shelter in October, with nine owner surrenders and 38 classified as strays. The same number, 47, left the shelter that same month: 17 adoptions, eight dogs euthanized, 18 returned to owners, and four transferred. As of Wednesday, there were 57 dogs at the shelter with an average length of stay of 46 days.
“We have the dogs; I’m not sure what they’re doing with the (PPR Coshocton Road) property at the present time,” Carhart said.