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Case ID: 19964
Classification: Neglect / Abandonment
Animal: dog (non pit-bull), horse, cow
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Attorneys/Judges
Prosecutor(s): Laura K. Railing
Defense(s): Anthony J. Baker
Judge(s): Chad L. Carey


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Monday, Sep 23, 2013

County: Clinton

Disposition: Alleged

Alleged: Kenneth E. Huffaker

Case Updates: 3 update(s) available

Officials are investigating a disturbing case of animal abuse.

Police say several dead animals were found on a farm near Cincinnati. Four dead, decaying horse and cow carcasses were strewn around the property. Animal control officers also took malnourished horses, sheep and goats.

Neighbors say they've seen the abuse, and it's not the first time the owner has been under investigation.

Clinton County Sheriff Ralph Fizer Jr. explains.

"We've been down there at least officially three times since March," Fizer said. "On the cruelty to dead animals, dead animal charges have been filed. He's on probation, the judge has now revoked his probation."

An arrest warrant has been issued for Ken Huffaker. The judge says when he's picked up, he'll be held without bond.


Case Updates

A new pretrial was granted Wednesday in a criminal case against a local landowner charged with animal cruelty.

Kenneth E. Huffaker of Goshen, who owns land off Canada Road in Clinton County, faces four counts of animal cruelty in Clinton County Municipal Court, along with three charges of failing to dispose of dead animals.

Wilmington attorney Anthony J. Baker, recently retained by Huffaker, on Wednesday asked for more time to investigate the matter on his own.

The request was granted by Clinton County Municipal Court Judge Chad L. Carey, who said he made his ruling in light of the seriousness of the charges and the importance of a defense attorney being able to offer a "zealous" defense for his or her client.

According to Wilmington Municipal Prosecutor Laura K. Railing, Huffaker faces a maximum of 90 days in jail on each animal cruelty charge, and 60 days of jail on each charge of failure to dispose of a dead animal.

The maximum fine on each animal cruelty count is $750, while the maximum fine on each failure to dispose count is $500.

As reported in October, four dead horses and cow carcasses were found on the 56-year-old Huffaker's property.

Local probation officer Libby Whitt advised the judge Wednesday she went to Huffaker's property on Tuesday to check on the disposal of dead animals and the gate was locked. The gate was supposed to be unlocked, she added.

Asked by Carey whether the locked gate qualified as a probation violation, Whitt said it "could be" a violation.

The new pretrial was set for Dec. 18 in municipal court in Wilmington City Hall.

Prior to these charges, Huffaker was already on probation for an animal cruelty conviction in Clinton County.

As reported in the News Journal, 13 dead animals previously were discovered on the Canada Road property, including cows, goats, alpacas, donkeys and several unknown animals, according to Sgt. Robert Gates of the Clinton County Sheriff's Office.
Source: Wilmington News Journal - Nov 6, 2013
Update posted on Nov 7, 2013 - 12:24AM 
A court order was placed Tuesday on a local landowner, charged with animal cruelty, that he not keep "any animals whatsoever."

Kenneth E. Huffaker of Goshen, who owns land off Canada Road in Clinton County, faces four counts of animal cruelty in Clinton County Municipal Court.

As reported earlier this month, four dead horses and cow carcasses were found on the 56-year-old Huffaker's property.

At the preliminary hearing Tuesday, Clinton County Municipal Court Judge Chad L. Carey added a condition to Huffaker's bond terms.

Huffaker cannot own or possess any animals, Carey said, adding "that includes renting animals, housing animals for other people, caring for any animals whatsoever."

Wilmington attorney Anthony J. Baker was just recently retained by Huffaker. After the hearing, Baker said it was too soon for him to make a statement on behalf of his client.

Baker said he would probably comment on the matter after being on the case longer.

Huffaker is out of jail on bond. Carey on Tuesday continued the bond terms "on condition of good behavior." The defendant's probation involves daily reporting, it was stated in court.

Prior to these latest charges, Huffaker was already on probation for an animal cruelty conviction in Clinton County.

As reported in the News Journal, 13 dead animals previously were discovered on the Canada Road property, including cows, goats, alpacas, donkeys and several unknown animals, according to Sgt. Robert Gates of the Clinton County Sheriff's Office.
Source: Wilmington News Journal - Oct 15, 2013
Update posted on Nov 7, 2013 - 12:22AM 
Four dead horses and cow carcasses were found on property on Canada Road in Clinton County, which led to the owner being charged with four counts of animal cruelty. Other starving horses, goats, sheep and a cow on the property were removed by a concerned citizen, said Clinton County Sheriff Ralph D. Fizer Jr.

Kenneth E. Huffaker, 56, of Goshen, who was already on probation from another animal cruelty charge in March, was charged this week with the four additional charges of animal cruelty, along with three charges of failure to dispose of dead animals.

Huffaker was arrested on the new charges and was incarcerated at the Clinton County Jail. His preliminary hearing has been scheduled for Oct. 15 in municipal court.

Fizer said the sheriff's office has been called to the Canada Road property three times since March. Animals have been running loose and on one occasion, a horse was caught and placed back in a field.

Deputy Victor Wright said on one occasion, four dogs were in a larger style dog crate without food or water and were standing in about four inches of mud and feces mix and water.

A search warrant for the property was obtained and two other dogs - identified as Great Prynese type - were found chained up without food and water. Other animals were found that were either standing or lying in water, according to authorities.

Thirteen dead animals were discovered on the property at the same time, including cows, goats, alpacas, donkeys and several unknown animals, said Sgt. Robert H. Gates, a detective with the Clinton County Sheriff's Office (CCSO). The dogs were removed by Rex Doak, Clinton County dog warden, and Allen Gibson, assistant dog warden. Doak took the dogs to a veterinarian who said the Great Pyrenese type dogs were 30 pounds under the weight they should have been, Wright said.

Charges of animal cruelty were filed against Huffaker in this case. In municipal court, Huffaker pled guilty and was placed on supervised probation. Jail time was suspended on terms of completion of probation, Wright said.

Fizer said Huffaker's probation was revoked after the latest charges were filed.

Fizer said the malnourished animals that were still alive at the Huffaker property are being cared for by a concerned citizen. "The dog warden is only allowed to remove dogs," Fizer said.

He said a law provides for the malnourished animals to be removed and cared for by the concerned citizen as long as it's with the approval of law enforcement.

"We were there when the concerned citizen removed the remaining animals," Fizer said.
Source: Wilmington News Journal - Oct 2, 2013
Update posted on Nov 7, 2013 - 12:21AM 

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