Judge denies request for diversion in companion animal case

A judge denied a request for diversion today for a Tiffin man who had 17 dogs confiscated from his residence.

Orville N. Alabaugh, 72, was charged with depriving a companion animal of necessary sustenance or confining the companion animal without supplying it during the confinement with sufficient quantities of good wholesome food and water, a second-degree misdemeanor.

The charge follows execution of a search warrant at 175 N. Sandusky St., Tiffin, the residence of Orville Alabaugh and Debbra Alabaugh. According to court records, officers discovered 17 puppies in several small cages in the dining room.