Three Face Misdemeanor Charges in Separate Cases of Animal Abuse

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The humane agents of the Fayette Regional Humane Society continue their efforts to hold people accountable for the poor treatment of their pets. Fayette Humane Society Agents recently filed misdemeanor charges against three people in separate cases that occurred from late July to last Monday, August 5th.

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According to the Humane Society, Ernest R. Voorhees, 35, of Washington CH, was served with two second-degree misdemeanor charges of Prohibitions Concerning Companion Animals after humane agents visited Voorhees' home on July 23rd and found a flea-infested underweight dog with significant hair loss, sores and flakey skin. The 9-year-old Put Bull/Lab mix was surrendered to humane agents. The dog, named Hershey, was then transported to the Fayette Humane Society's vet clinic where he tested positive for hookworms and weighed in at only 32-pounds. The dog was able to gain nearly 13-pounds after a week in veterinary care. He has since been adopted into a new home.

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The charges against Mr. Voorhees were served by Fayette Humane Agents on Friday, August 9th with the assistance of Washington CH Police after humane agents experienced difficulties in making contact with Mr. Voorhees over the past few weeks.

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The second case investigated by Fayette Humane Society Agents involves another case of Prohibitions Concerning Companion Animals. This case began on Thursday, August 1st when it was reported to humane agents that a woman's vehicle had experienced a flat tire and had been parked at a residence at East Temple and Blackstone streets on the evening prior. The next day a witness noticed two kittens, which appeared to be barely moving, inside the car and quickly contacted authorities.

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Humane agents responded to the scene and found the vehicle locked. After locating the kittens, agents then made entry into the vehicle via the driver's side door. Inside the vehicle they found a total of three kittens and two adult cats with a litter box, but no water. The temperature inside the vehicle was measured at 93-degrees Fahrenheit.

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Unfortunately, the two adult cats were able to escape the vehicle and run off once the humane agents gained entry. Efforts to locate the animals were conducted but the two cats never turned up. The eight-week-old kittens were taken to the humane society's vet clinic where they were found to be slightly dehydrated. Two of the kittens were also found to have slightly elevated temperatures.

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The defendant in the case, Andrea McCullough, 28, of Columbus, has been served with a total of five second-degree misdemeanor charges of Prohibitions Concerning Companion Animals.

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The third case investigated by humane agents concerns a case of animal abandonment. Fayette Humane Agents say a second-degree misdemeanor charge of Abandoning Animals has been issued against Patty A. Hammond, 29, of Washington CH, who is accused of leaving her dog at her previous residence in Washington CH on Monday, August 5th, after she left to go live elsewhere with her boyfriend. The humane agents allege Hammond had no intention of returning to get the dog.

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