In Lebanon, Ohio, a dog named Evie died while participating in a prison program using inmates to help with her training. No charges have been filed in the dog’s death. According to the rescue group Joseph’s Legacy, Evie had been at the Warren County prison and was found in a cell unresponsive on August 25.
An investigation continues, according to Lieutenant Mark Herron from the Ohio State Highway Patrol’s special investigations unit, who is handling the death of the German shepherd and Elkhound mix named Evie. A necropsy revealed the dog died from blunt force trauma. The Dayton Daily News reports all further questions should be referred to the public information office in Columbus.
“Following the investigation by the Ohio State Highway Patrol, we will conduct a thorough review of the program at the Warren Correctional Institution followed by a broader review of the animal programs across the state,” announced a spokesperson for the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Corrections.
The four-year-old shepherd, had been at the rescue since 2015 when she came in with a broken hip after having been hit by a car. At the time she had been nursing her two puppies – one died, and her surviving puppy was later adopted. Evie’s hip was surgically repaired. The dog was extremely friendly and soon was adopted, however her family had to give her up. Brought back to the rescue, it was decided if Evie had more training, she would be more adoptable.
The rescue has since discontinued the canine training program at the prison and has been waiting for the results of the investigation stated Meg Melampy, the president and founder of Joseph’s Legacy. Training programs, within the prison have been going on for 20 years, and according to the Department of Rehabilitation and Corrections, there is “zero tolerance for any type of abuse of the animals who are part of these programs.”
Meanwhile, Evie is gone -the blunt force trauma to her abdomen caused her liver and kidney to hemorrhage thus resulting in her untimely death.
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