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Wednesday, Mar 7, 2012County: Harrison
Alleged: Cledith Palme, III
Cadiz man is expected to face six misdemeanor charges for abandoning two dogs to starve to death in a Scio house.
Cledith Palmer III, 24, Cadiz, will be charged with two counts of cruelty to animals, two counts of prohibitions concerning companion animals and two counts of abandoning animals, according to the Harrison County Prosecutor's Office.
It is alleged that he abandoned two dogs when he moved to Cadiz.
According to the prosecutor's office, the dogs were found March 3. Harrison County Humane Officer Darla Smith said the dogs, a rottweiler and a mixed breed, were found badly emaciated. While the rottweiler was saved and adopted, the other dog died. The rottweiler was found chained to the back porch and the other was lying nearby.
Callers believe no one had lived at the residence for two months.
Smith added that the dogs were apparently adopted from the Harrison County Dog Pound. The prosecutor's office noted the importance of stricter background checks for individuals wishing to adopt, as well as wellness visits. However, the pound is reportedly overworked as is.
Smith said there have been more cases of abandonment in Harrison County and other areas.
"People have to move and pets get left behind, but there are alternatives. There's the dog pound and us," she said, adding people unable to keep their dogs may contact the sheriff's department for information. "You just don't up and leave it. Make arrangements for your dog. If can't find a home for it, seek help.
"Those animals can't speak and tell you they're hungry or sick. I'm not going to tolerate it. There are alternatives," she said, adding she also advises owners to spay or neuter their pets.
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