Last Friday, 32-year-old Theresa Lewis was arrested on four misdemeanor counts of animal cruelty for the death of four dogs who were discovered on her property in early January.
Local animal control officials were alerted to the situation by a neighbor who phoned the Highland County Humane Society.
When the dog warden went to Lewis' residence, three dead dogs were discovered; all were still chained to their dog houses. The body of a dead puppy was later found inside of a soda box.
Conversations with neighbors revealed the full extent of the dogs' suffering; Lewis had moved away from the residence weeks before the deceased dogs were found.
Cathy Seifer, the Highland County Dog Warden, voiced her dismay over the neighbors' delay in reporting what was happening to the dogs; she stated:
While we were there several neighbors approached us stating that the owner had moved just before Thanksgiving and had only witnessed the owner or family member of the owner come to check on the dogs twice in a six- to seven-week period.
“…It is clearly upsetting that these neighbors wanted to get involved after the dogs had died, but none had even tried to contact anyone for help while these dogs were alive.”
When questioned as to why the situation was not reported sooner, the neighbors stated that they did not want to get involved.
Lewis walked away and the neighbors who refused to get involved sat by as the dogs were held captive by chains...suffering agonizing, slow deaths without food or water.
Please speak up if you see pets who are suffering - call the authorities and make a report, then follow up to see if action has been taken.
Continue reading: Snuggling puppies at animal control looking for a home
If you would like to continue receiving the latest animal related news, tips and advice, please click the "Subscribe" icon which is located near the top, left portion of this column. It is free and anonymous to sign up.
Follow the National Dog News Examiner on Facebook and Twitter!
I am human, if you see a typo, please let me know. Questions, comments or story ideas can be emailed to Eims1@live.com. Please note - due to the heavy volume of emails received, I am unable to respond to each and every request, but they are all appreciated!