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Hoarding conditions in area taxing capacity of Toledo Area Humane Society

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Michael Suiter, 51, of the 2200 block of Portsmouth Ave. in Toledo, Ohio has been charged with a second degree misdemeanor count of animal cruelty on Friday after authorities seized 26 dogs and cats living in squalor at a home in Rossford reported the Toledo Blade.

According to Animal Control Officer Gene Boros, Suiter had been rescuing dogs and cats, but became overwhelmed when he failed to have the animals spayed and neutered. The 19 dogs and 7 cats were living in the home which had been described as filthy with feces, urine and piles of food strewn about the floors.

Three of the cats were pregnant; one cat delivered kittens at the Toledo Area Humane Society the next day.

The animals appeared in good physical condition, although many lacked socialization.

Suiter surrendered the animals and has been very cooperative.

Meanwhile, the Toledo Area Humane Society is packed with beautiful cats and dogs who need adoptive homes.

A special promotion is being offered during the month of April.

"If you adopt an animal linked to a cruelty case during the month of April, you'll also receive a $25 gift card to The Andersons."

Please report all animal cruelty. Hoarding animals can be a heartbreaking situation with the best of intentions, but the animals are the innocent victims.

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