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Owner of supposed animal rescue charged with animal cruelty in Ohio

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On January 3, 2013, 13 animals were seized from Terry Weaver, a man who claims to operate an animal rescue, according to Zanesville Times Recorder. Authorities report that 10 dogs and three cats were taken from the property in Zanesville, Ohio and Weaver is facing 12 counts of animal cruelty.

The animals that were seized were emaciated and in poor condition. Two cats on the property were already deceased. One dog had mange and appeared to be blind, another had a protruding spine, another dog's hip bones were showing and another was lethargic.

Weaver is no stranger to complaints against him. Officials at the Muskingum County Dog Pound, where the animals were sent, are familiar with him. Weaver has moved his supposed animal rescue numerous times but each time there are complaints. He uses the name 'South Zanesville Animal Rescue' and claims to be a nonprofit, no-kill facility, but does not have a 501c tax exemption, as required.

Weaver is scheduled to be arraigned January 15, and could see three years in prison and a $9,000 fine if convicted of all charges. He is being held by Muskingum County Jail.

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