New owners welcome dogs

Boomer (from left), Jodi and Sam Roszman greet their new dog, Ellie J, at Wyandot County Humane Society on Tuesday afternoon. To view more photos of the event, visit cu.advertiser-tribune.com.

UPPER SANDUSKY — A Tiffin woman says she is grateful to bring her family’s new dog into a loving home.

Jodi and Boomer Roszman and their son, Sam, visited Wyandot County Humane Society on Tuesday afternoon to take possession of a Papillon dog they named Ellie J.

Ellie J was one of 150 dogs found when a search warrant had been executed by state and Wyandot County agencies at 5046 SR 53, Upper Sandusky.

Ellie J — whose name comes from Jodi’s mother’s love of elephants and her father’s middle name being James — already was playing with her leash before the family left the facility Tuesday.

During their earlier visit to the shelter, Ellie J put her head on Jodi’s shoulder and licked her chin and the side of her cheek.

Boomer said Papillon is French for butterfly.

“(Their ears) look like an open spread of wings on a butterfly,” he said.

Annette Hess of Bascom picked up a Cairn Terrier she named Daisy.

“She’s so sweet,” she said.

Public adoptions of the dogs – with breeds available being Schnauzer, Cairn Terrier, West Highland White Terrier, Shih Tzu, Lhasa Apso and Papillon — had started Saturday.

Search warrants have been executed at the SH 53 facility and at Orville Alabaugh and Debbra Alabaugh’s residence at 175 N. Sandusky St., Tiffin.

Orville Alabaugh is being 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.

He is to appear in Tiffin-Fostoria Municipal Court on the second-degree misdemeanor charge at 9 a.m. today, according to court records.

The charge follows execution of a search warrant at the Orville home.

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 spokeswoman for Humane Society of Seneca County said the 17 dogs are in the society’s custody but have not been signed over to Humane Society. They are not adoptable, she said.

During execution of the search warrant on SH 53, officials found 150 dogs, with one being deceased. The other 149 were removed and placed with Wyandot County Humane Society.

Lynda Balz, director of Wyandot County Humane Society, said the number of dogs the shelter took in was 149, but it became 152 because one gave birth after getting to the shelter.

Balz said many trips were made to pick up the dogs, and luckily, officials have a large rescue van. Each dog was evaluated on the way to the shelter, and a veterinarian stayed until 11 p.m. the night of the operation, she said.

The process involved cleaning teeth, evaluating each dog’s state, giving each a vaccination and rearranging and combining kennels.

When all the dogs were brought in, “the stench was overwhelming,” Balz said.

Balz said it was all hands on deck the night the dogs came in.

“Thanks to having wonderful people here, we’re fortunate,” she said.

Balz said the dogs all were severely matted and almost all had dental disease. Their fur was soaked with urine and feces, she said.

“They lived in it,” she said.

Balz said the acceptance of 149 dogs was the largest intake the shelter ever has had at one time.

A third of the dogs have been adopted and gone to new homes. The facility slowly is working on the other two-thirds to get them prepared for adoption, Balz said.

Several national organizations came forward to help with the dogs.

Balz said officials at the facility know they can’t do everything for the dogs, but the larger rescue groups can. Mostly, the dogs all are sweet, she said.

“They have emotional issues,” she said.