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Officials Find 50-75 Pit Bulls
By MARK TUSCANO
September 25, 2004, ORWELL TOWNSHIP, OHIO — A number of county officials were investigating a property in
Orwell Township Friday where at least 50 pit-bull terriers were being kept.
A representative of the Ashtabula County Humane Society, along with the county dog warden and sheriff’s
deputies were on the scene at 2477 Windsor Road to check on the health of the dogs and interview the
property owner and neighbors about the situation.
Dog Warden Barry Northrup arrived at the home about 10 a.m. with a representative of the Humane Society.
The property owner was not available at the time but neighbors allowed Northrup to walk back into the woods
on the adjoining property to view some of the dogs.
Northrup said he saw about 25 dogs chained to trees in the woods and heard more dogs barking inside a barn
on the property. A neighbor said there were more dogs chained with heavy log chains to trees farther back
in the woods and 10 more puppies inside the home.
It was estimated there were between 50 and 75 pit-bull dogs scattered throughout the property.
A Humane Society agent and deputy were preparing to get a search warrant to allow officials to check on the
dogs well-being. Northrup said he was told the dogs have not been attended to for about a week.
The dogs that were visible from a distance showed signs of poor health consistent with lack of food and
water. Their thin coats were stretched taught over their rib cages showing each bone.
Northrup said there was no official report as of yet and would not reveal the name of the owner.
He did say
he had been called to the property in the last week for barking dogs complaints. He did manage to make
contact with the property owner Friday morning. Northrup said he was told most of the dogs belong to a Cleveland man, but the property owner said he also
owns about 10 of them.
Humane Society Chair Nancy Frazier said through a phone interview that one Humane Society representative
was at the property earlier in the day and was attempting to get a search warrant Friday afternoon. T
Humane Society wants to make sure the animals are properly fed and watered, but they could not take the
dogs even if it was necessary, she said.
The Humane Society has no facility to take needy animals to at this time. She said the best they could do
would be to contain the area where they were found to prevent theft or injury to the animals.
Frazier said there is really no limit to the number of dogs that can be kept unless local limits enacted as
in some municipalities.
Officials would not speculate if the dogs were being used or bred for fighting and there was nothing to
suggest that any of the dogs had died from their meager diets.