Saturday, March 09, 2002

Citizens campaign to reunite mother dog, puppies

Labs split up after alleged mistreatment

By Lew Moores,
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        UNION TOWNSHIP — Eastgate Animal Hospital is working to reunite three puppies that were involved in an animal cruelty case with the pups' mother and two other pups from the litter, but the owner of the mother dog and two puppies must first relinquish ownership.

        People have been calling the animal hospital, and even the Clermont County prosecutor's office, asking why the group can't be reunited. The mother and two pups are being held at the Clermont County Humane Society shelter.

        The mother and two pups were taken by the humane society after George Goodin, 54, of Stonelick Township, was charged with animal cruelty for allegedly cutting off the tails of four of the five puppies, which are a Labrador retriever mix.

        “We're waiting for them,” said Roncy Roehm, who works at the animal hospital. “(The humane society has) been taking care of the dogs very well.”

        The three puppies missing tails were brought to the animal hospital March 1 by people who had been given the pups by Mr. Goodin.

        When the humane society officers charged Mr. Goodin, they took away the mother dog and two other puppies — one of which was also missing its tail.

Calls referred

        The humane society referred calls to the prosecutor's office.

        “In order to reunite them, I need to get (Mr. Goodin's) permission,” said Don White, Clermont County prosecutor. “I'm trying to arrange that and as soon as that's done then the dogs will be reunited.”

        Until a court says otherwise, those dogs still belong to Mr. Goodin.

        “I don't think the humane society has a right to move them,” said Mr. White. “They're being nothing but cooperative.”

        Ms. Roehm agrees.

        “The humane society is taking care of them,” said Ms. Roehm. “We'd like to reunite all of them and find them all good homes.”


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