Friday, August 10, 2001

Dog dies; other animals ruin apartment




By Janice Morse
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        HAMILTON — One dog was found starved to death — and an apartment was ruined by animal waste — after the dog's owners locked up several animals inside and abandoned the dwelling, a police report says.

        Sometime after the landlord evicted the tenants from an apartment in the 600 block of Ross Avenue on July 23, the animals were apparently left trapped inside, the police report says. “Every carpet in this apartment is ruined, as the suspects rounded up animals and locked them in this apartment to die,” the report says. “There was fecal matter everywhere.”

        The dog that died was a mixed breed that had been a pet of the tenants, the report said, adding that “a puppy was also locked in this apartment.” Several live cats and dogs were removed, but no information on the number or their conditions was immediately available Thursday.

        As of Thursday, police had made no arrests in the case, which was reported Monday. It was unclear how long the animals may have been abandoned.

        During the week after the eviction, “the suspects trashed the entire apartment, causing untold damage,” a vandalism report says.

        Dr. Bill Karwisch, who directs the city Health Department, said the apartment was rendered uninhabitable.

        “It cannot be reoccupied until it is thoroughly cleaned,” he said.

        A health inspector and animal control officer were dispatched to the apartment, but they couldn't be reached for comment Thursday.

        The landlord, Robert Lee Oglesby, 31, of Hamilton, declined to comment Thursday.

       



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