More dogs confiscated in investigation into animal cruelty

Seventeen more dogs were confiscated as part of an investigation into animal cruelty, according to Seneca County Common Pleas Court records.

A search warrant signed by Judge Jay Meyer of Seneca County Juvenile and Probate Court was executed at 175 N. Sandusky St., the residence of Orville Alabaugh and Debbra Alabaugh.

It yielded two Maltese dogs, two Schnauzer dogs, two Papillon dogs, two Bichon dogs and nine Shih Tzu dogs, including one mother and four puppies, according to Seneca County Common Pleas Court records.

A search warrant initially had been executed by state and Wyandot County agencies at 5046 SH 53, Upper Sandusky.

A groomer the Alabaughs hired to groom dogs they were planning to sell that weekend had reported to a humane agent for Humane Society of Seneca County that all the dogs were “extremely matted” and that someone only went to the building three times a week to feed, water and clean out the cages, according to court records.

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

The Alabaughs own the facility and face potential criminal prosecution and charges through Ohio Department of Agriculture, according to the sheriff’s office.

The day after the search warrant in Wyandot County was executed, Tiffin Police Department officers responded to the Alabaughs’ residence at 175 N. Sandusky St. for a welfare check. An officer looked into a window and saw animal cages inside the residence, according to Seneca County Common Pleas Court records.

Also, Humane Society of Seneca County received a complaint about multiple dogs being heard barking in the basement of the residence.

According to Wyandot County Humane Society, public adoptions of the puppy mill dogs is to begin Saturday.

They are all adult dogs of various ages, and breeds available are Schnauzer, Cairn Terrier, West Highland White Terrier, Shih Tzu, Lhasa Apso and Papillon.

Adoption counselors are to be available 11 a.m.-4 p.m., and the dogs should be ready to go by Monday evening or Tuesday, according to Wyandot County Humane Society.