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Case ID: 19243
Classification: Hoarding
Animal: cat, dog (non pit-bull), pig
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Wednesday, Dec 28, 2011

County: Dodge

Charges: Misdemeanor, Felony CTA
Disposition: Alleged

» Daniel A. Newcomer
» Ellyn R. Newcomer

Case Updates: 1 update(s) available

The owners of a Fremont home where 13 animals were removed in late December have been arrested.

Fremont Police Deputy Chief Jeff Elliott said 56-year-old Daniel Newcomer and his wife, 46-year-old Ellyn Newcomer, each were charged with two counts of felony animal cruelty and neglect and 11 counts of misdemeanor animal cruelty and neglect. The Newcomers were arrested by Saunders County Sheriff's deputies Friday morning in Wahoo.

Elliott said officers originally were called to the residence in the first block of West Linden Avenue on a complaint of a neglected dog.

Nine dogs, three cats and a pot-bellied pig were removed from the home, which was later condemned and demolished.

Clem Rohde, executive director of the Dodge County Humane Society, said several of the dogs had to be euthanized.

"It was kind of sad," Rohde said. "The house smelled so terrible you just couldn't believe it."

Bond had not been set for the Newcomers as of Friday afternoon.

Case Updates

A Fremont couple could face additional charges after seven dogs were found Tuesday morning inside a storage facility on the west edge of Fremont.

Dodge County Attorney Oliver Glass said he'll review the supplemental reports from the Dodge County Sheriff's Office and may consider filing additional animal cruelty charges against 56-year-old Daniel Newcomer and 46-year-old Ellyn Newcomer.

The Newcomers each were arrested Friday in Wahoo on 13 counts of animal cruelty, including two felonies, stemming from a December incident where Fremont Police removed nine dogs, three cats and a potbellied pig from their home in the first block of West Linden Avenue.

Several of those dogs had to be euthanized and the house was condemned and demolished.

On Tuesday, authorities removed the seven dogs from a storage unit that was rented by the Newcomers.

Ron Vlach, who owns the storage facility where the dogs were found, said he was contacted Monday by a person who rents a trailer that's stored on the West Military Avenue property and heard a noise coming from the garage-style storage unit.

Vlach investigated the unit and found the dogs inside large pet carriers. There were two to three dogs inside each carrier.

"I've got dogs myself," he said. "I'm a dog lover. ... It just makes you sick that somebody would horde these dogs."

Vlach attempted to contact the Newcomers, but was unsuccessful.

Vlach returned to the storage unit Tuesday morning and contacted authorities. He also provided food and water for the animals.

"The main thing is we found them and they're all still alive," Vlach said.

Clem Rohde, executive director of the Dodge County Humane Society, said he believed all seven dogs - mostly puppies - could be saved.

"They were hungry and thirsty, but other than that they were not starved or anything," Rohde said.

He said that was lucky considering the way the dogs were living when they were discovered by Vlach.

"It's just not humane at all to have them stored like that," Rohde said.

Vlach said the Newcomers had been renting the storage facility for about three weeks. Daniel Newcomer originally told Vlach that he needed the space to store a car.

Daniel and Ellyn Newcomer each posted a $2,500 cash bond and were released Monday from Saunders County Jail.
Source: - Feb 8, 2012
Update posted on Feb 9, 2012 - 10:45PM 


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