Dogs Rescued from Chain in Basement

April Livingston | July 8th, 2018

A few weeks ago, a building department supervisor was out inspecting properties when he came across a huge surprise: a vacant home that had four dogs inside. Two puppies were in the attic, and a pair of dogs was tied to a pole in the dirty basement. None of them had access to food or water and they were in desperate need of help. So, the man contacted the Newburgh Heights Police Department and officers arrived on the scene. They were shocked by what they found inside the home.

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Cleveland Animal Protective League//Facebook
Cleveland Animal Protective League//Facebook
Cleveland Animal Protective League//Facebook

Two adult pit bulls were on the same leash and tied to a pole with only a few inches to move around. The basement was filthy, covered in feces and trash. Upstairs, the attic condition wasn’t much better. The two pit bull puppies in there had a tiny cage and not much else—and it was very hot in there. The officers eventually found the man who lived there: his name is Dion Harris and he claimed the dogs were not his and didn’t even know they were in the home.

Cleveland Animal Protective League//Facebook
Cleveland Animal Protective League//Facebook
Cleveland Animal Protective League//Facebook
Cleveland Animal Protective League//Facebook

Officers removed the dogs quickly, and took them to the Cleveland Animal Protective League where they were given medical care. One of the dogs had heartworms, but otherwise the dogs were surprisingly healthy. The man and another individual living in the home were charged with animal cruelty. The dogs thrived in the shelter and three of them have already been adopted into loving homes. Elaine, the dog who had heartworms is still in foster care as she recovers. As soon as she is healthy again, however, she will be up for adoption. Volunteers say with her sweet personality and loving nature, she will surely be adopted into a loving home very soon. After such a terrible situation, it’s wonderful to see the dogs thriving in their new environment!

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