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Man pleads not guilty to companion animal charge

A Tiffin man charged after 17 dogs were confiscated from his residence has pleaded not guilty.

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, according to Tiffin-Fostoria Municipal Court records.

A not-guilty plea was entered to the second-degree misdemeanor charge, according to court records.

The charge follows execution of a search warrant at 175 N. Sandusky St., Tiffin, the residence of Alabaugh and Debbra Alabaugh.

According to court records, officers discovered 17 puppies in several small cages in the dining room. It appeared some had food and water but a majority did not have anything in their bowls, they state.

A veterinarian found one puppy to be lethargic and dehydrated, and one was thin with a medical condition, they state.

One bottle of medication was tipped over, uncapped and leaking next to a cage, according to court records.

Two Maltese dogs, two Schnauzer dogs, two Papillon dogs, two Bichon dogs and nine Shih Tzu dogs, including one mother and four puppies, were confiscated.

A separate search warrant was executed by state and Wyandot County agencies at 5046 SR 53, Upper Sandusky, a facility owned by Alabaugh and Debbra Alabaugh.

Officials found 150 dogs, with one being deceased. The other 149 were removed and placed with Wyandot County Humane Society.

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