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Case ID: 19867
Classification: Neglect / Abandonment
Animal: dog (non pit-bull)
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Friday, Mar 8, 2013

County: Belmont

Disposition: Alleged

Abuser names unreleased

A Belmont County man and his wife are accused in an animal cruelty case after humane officers said they found an emaciated dog at his home earlier this month. After they removed the dog, one humane officer said the dog owner came to the shelter and threatened her.

Humane officer Mandae Lewis said Lila, a 2-year-old Doberman, was found starved at a home in Holloway on March 8th. Pictures sent to NEWS9 of the dog showed patches of fur missing and ribs showing through the dog's coat. Lewis said they got a report about the emaciated dog and acted fast to get her out and give her immediate care.

Lila has to gain at least 20 pounds to be healthy again, officials said. Lewis said other animals may also be in poor conditions by the residence. After bringing Lila to the animal shelter, Lewis said the dog owner called and allegedly verbally threatened her then drove out to the shelter a few hours later. Eventually, Lewis said the Belmont County Sheriff's Office got involved.

Aggravated menacing charges are pending against the man, Lewis said. She didn't want to talk on camera for now because of the threats she said were made against her.

Crimes against animals aren't tolerated in the county, Lewis said. The animals deserve more and she said she will work to prosecute those crimes.

Humane officials said more people are speaking up and reporting animal abuse in the county.

Humane officials said anyone who wants to make a donation to help out Lila an stop by the animal shelter.


  • WTOV - March 28, 2013

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