A woman who works at an Ohio animal shelter is facing charges after she rescued a dog that was emaciated from being starved. According to WCMH News, Rhonda Rose, the treasurer for the Scioto Area Humane Society, has been charged with criminal trespass and petty theft after rescuing a dog who had dropped half of his body weight.
Rose has stated that she rescued the dog, who weighed 61 pounds, and then took him to a veterinarian who confirmed that the skeletal dog was suffering from starvation – Rose also contacted the local authorities. Despite her apparent good deed, just over a week after rescuing the starving dog she was charged.
Rose’s defense attorney, John Bell, believes that his client was within her legal rights to remove the neglected dog from the situation. Bell and Rose cite the Ohio Revised Code, 1717.13, which reads:
When, in order to protect any animal from neglect, it is necessary to take possession of it, any person may do so. When an animal is impounded or confined, and continues without necessary food, water, or proper attention for more than fifteen successive hours, any person may, as often as is necessary, enter any place in which the animal is impounded or confined and supply it with necessary food, water, and attention, so long as it remains there, or, if necessary, or convenient, he may remove such animal; and he shall not be liable to an action for such entry. In all cases the owner or custodian of such animal, if known to such person, immediately shall be notified by him of such action. If the owner or custodian is unknown to such person, and cannot with reasonable effort be ascertained by him, such animal shall be considered a stray and dealt with as such.
The necessary expenses for food and attention given to an animal under this section may be collected from the owner of such animal, and the animal shall not be exempt from levy and sale upon execution issued upon a judgment for such expenses.
No word on whether or not the owner of the dog who was rescued is also facing charges for neglect or cruelty. The dog is reported to be now living on a farm and doing well at a healthy weight of over 100 pounds. Rose is due back in court in mid-February.
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