Much to the dismay of rescuers who stepped in to care for badly neglected animals from the Four Paws Animal Rescue in Neffs, Ohio, charges of animal cruelty have been dismissed.
According to Wednesday's WTRF 7 News, Belmont County Western Division Court Judge Eric Costine has dismissed the charges against Carmen and Christopher Wallace, the individuals who operated the rescue agency.
According to the Belmont County Rescue League, the charges were dismissed due to a technical problem, specifically, an improperly executed search warrant.
Due to a lack of adequate signatures on the warrant, the photos taken at the property, which showed deplorable living conditions and starving animals, were not admissible in court.
The photos taken in the Oct., 2011, raid showed filthy surroundings, including cages filled with feces and urine and waste-filled standing water.
Fifty animals, including a horse, dogs and cats were taken on the day that the authorities raided the property.
Since that time, those animals which survived were rehabilitated and adopted out to new families.
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