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The Portage Animal Protective League (PAPL) has discovered 146 deceased dogs in the home of an Ohio dog rescue group’s president. The shockwaves of this incident have reverberated through the community and, indeed, anyone with a heart for animals.
On June 16th, the PAPL, armed with a search warrant after a tip-off about a potential animal cruelty charge, arrived at a home in Mantua, Ohio. The owner of the property was a founding member of Canine Lifeline, Inc., a non-profit animal rescue group. This fact makes the grim discovery even more devastating.
Within the house, the welfare workers were met with a dreadful scene: 146 dogs “in varying stages of decay,” with many still in crates and cages. Sadly, there were no survivors among them. Necropsies will be conducted to ascertain the cause of death for these innocent lives.
In the wake of such a disaster, Canine Lifeline released a statement expressing their horror, confusion, and deep sorrow. According to them, their co-founder suffered a medical incident earlier in June, leading first responders to her home, where they stumbled upon the dreadful evidence of animal neglect. This discovery prompted an investigation, unveiling another gruesome scene at a second home in Parma.
In their statement, Canine Lifeline said, “[She] was a very private person who appeared, to us, to be devoted to these rescue animals.” They added that volunteers and adoptive families now face feelings of “bewilderment, betrayal, and grief” in light of her clandestine treatment of the animals.
Despite the horrifying incident, it is worth noting that since its establishment, Canine Lifeline has successfully homed over 6,000 dogs. This fact doesn’t negate the tragedy, but it does shed a light on the positive work that they’ve accomplished.
A tragedy such as this serves as a reminder to remain active in the protection of our furry friends, making sure no such incident occurs in the future.
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