GALLIPOLIS — Gallipolis Police Department and the Gallia County dog warden responded to an animal cruelty complaint Aug. 21 and suspects of the incident are allegedly to report for a court hearing Sept. 15.
According to Gallipolis Police Chief Clint Patterson, Laurie Cardillo, Gallia County dog warden, called for assistance at 132 Fourth Ave. Patterson reacted as the responding officer as per availability around 3 p.m.
According to Cardillo, she received an anonymous call from an individual who had chased his loose dog into the back yard of the alleged property and called in the complaint. She arrived to inspect the property and called GPD for assistance.
“There were two people sitting behind some houses. We approached them and found out that all the dogs kept on the property were theirs. When we checked the property, we found eight dogs in various states of condition. Only one had food and water,” Patterson said. “Some of the others had brackish, black water in their containers. Only one’s water (Patterson considered consumable). The one that had food and water was dead.”
Patterson felt the animal possibly had been fed and watered just before it died.
According to Patterson and Cardillo, the alleged owners of the animals, Christina McGuire, 32, and William Siders, 66, signed over ownership of the animals to the county so that they are now available for adoption.
“They were all very nice dogs. They just weren’t well cared for,” Patterson said. He felt some dogs looked outright malnourished and some others “you could tell they hadn’t eaten regularly.”
According to Cardillo, one of the animals had allegedly lost a majority of its teeth due to the animal’s living conditions. She counted four in its mouth.
“The main thing I want out of this is to make sure it doesn’t happen again,” Patterson said.
An animal cruelty charge was filed against both individuals. Patterson said GPD may receive one animal cruelty complaint a month. Some, he said, are founded. Others, after investigation, are not.
According to police reports, some dogs on the property were kept in a pen together. One dog was found in a dog house. Two dogs were “tied up under truck toppers.” Another dog was tied to a truck parked in the yard. The dead dog was found in a pen.
“I recognize that I am not a humane agent, but when I find something like this, I will take action,” Cardillo said. “We’re not going to tolerate this kind of stuff. If you can’t take care of (your animals), we will take them.”
Dean Wright can be reached at (740) 446-2342, Ext. 2103.