Sunday, June 10, 2012


Elyria – In what was described by Officers and Dog Wardens as “deplorable conditions” four dogs were removed from a home on Woodford Ave. Saturday afternoon.

Lorain County Dog Warden Jack Szlempa said his office received a call from the finance company that owns the home to assist their crew with the dogs that were in the house. “The finance company had a crew here to change the locks on this house and asked for our help in rescuing the animals. We first thought it was going to be two dogs and a cat but we ended up removing four dogs from the home.”

The last dog to be removed was stuck inside of a wall inside of the home. Workers, including the team from the finance company, Elyria Police and the Dog Wardens, had to use tools to cut openings in the wall to safely remove the dog before he was taken to the Dog Warden’s truck. Hampering their efforts was the stench and filth inside of the house. Some of the workers had to step out of the house to get fresh air after being inside for only a few minutes inside.

It is believed the woman who had been residing in the home would stop by now and then during the night to leave food for the dogs but nobody knew where the woman was or how to find her. Officials believe the dogs had been stuck inside of the house for approximately 6 to 7 months.

Szlempa said the dogs would be taken back to the kennel and segregated until they can be cleaned up and examined by a Vet. “We will continue our investigation and then turn the findings over to the Humane Society and charges will be determined after they review the reports.”

Szlempa said the owner could possibly be charged with Animal Abandonment and Animal Cruelty.


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