Area ‘no-kill’ animal shelter criticized for killing 7 dogs

Published: Wednesday, November 15, 2017 @ 12:20 PM

Richmond 'no-kill' shelter kills 7 dogs

A no-kill animal shelter in Indiana admits it has killed over 50 animals in the last five years, including seven healthy dogs this month.

The board at HELP the Animals Inc. has recently placed its shelter manager on administrative leave, and two of its board members have resigned following backlash from seven healthy dogs being killed, reports News Center 7’s John Bedell.

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“We want to take responsibility for what happened. And most of all, we want to improve our practices and move forward,” the board wrote in a letter posted to its website this week.

HELP the Animals Inc. has a policy to euthanize any critically sick cats and dogs, as well any animals that are considered dangerous to the public. 

The shelter’s board president told media outlets this week the seven dogs were killed due to be aggressive and biting staff.

John Bedell is in Richmond today and will have the latest on this story starting at 5 p.m. on WHIO-TV.

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The shelter said a total of 19 dogs have been killed due to being “bite risks,” and another 33 were too critically ill and were put down, since 2012. 

The Palladium-Item in Richmond has reported the shelter’s director was fired, but the shelter listed on its website a manager was placed on leave. 

“The board is reviewing all our of procedures including the in-take of animals, rehabilitation practices and end-of-life decisions,” the board’s letter continued.

Showers, storms could bring heavy downpours & gusty winds

Published: Thursday, June 21, 2018 @ 4:21 AM
Updated: Thursday, June 21, 2018 @ 6:22 AM

Multiple chances for showers and storms today in the Dayton area.

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  • Few showers and storms this morning
  • More showers and storms this afternoon/evening
  • Strong storms possible Friday

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TODAY: More showers and storms are likely at times today. There will be breaks for some dry time, but periodically through the day we will have showers and storms move through, including the evening commute home. 

“Heavy downpours and gusty winds will be our biggest concern, but overall the severe threat is not very high”, said Storm Center 7 Meteorologist Brett Collar.

Highs today will be in the upper 70s.

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TONIGHT: The chance for a few lingering showers or storms continues overnight. Temperatures drop into the middle to upper 60s.

FRIDAY: More showers and storms, some of which could be strong to severe, are likely, especially later in the afternoon into the evening hours. Highs peak near 80 degrees.

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SATURDAY: A few lingering showers are expected, especially for the first part of the day. We should dry out later in the day with highs reaching the upper 70s. 

SUNDAY: A mainly dry day with a stray shower or storm possible. Highs will be in the lower 80s.

MONDAY: Mostly sunny skies for the day with temperatures approaching the mid-80s. 

Dayton Air Show forecast: Warm with chance for showers, storms

Published: Thursday, June 21, 2018 @ 5:47 AM

Forecast for the Vectren Dayton Air Show

The chance for rain will be around for the start of the weekend. That means those heading to the Vectren Dayton Air Show will need to be prepared, said Storm Center 7 Meteorologist Brett Collar.

We're also keeping an eye on the heat at times this weekend.

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Saturday: The chance for a few storms will be in the forecast, especially for the first part of the day. Conditions are expected to improve through the day. Highs will be in the upper 70s.

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Sunday: It will be a mainly dry day, but a stray shower or storm can’t be completely ruled out. Sunday will be a touch warmer as we see highs in the lower 80s. However, with a lot of concrete at the Dayton International Airport, surface temperatures will be closer to the mid to upper-80s.

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Air show leaders said those coming to the air show this weekend they’ll need to stay hydrated, adding there’s little shade at the airport to protect you from the sun. 

There will be fountains for free water. If anyone does start to feel ill, they should go to one of the EMS tents or to one of the paramedics that will on bicycles.

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1 dead, 1 suffers life-threatening injuries after shooting in Dayton 

Published: Thursday, June 21, 2018 @ 1:19 AM
Updated: Thursday, June 21, 2018 @ 2:24 AM

Shooting on Norman Avenue in Dayton

One person has died and another is at an area hospital with life-threatening injuries after a shooting on Norman Avenue early Thursday morning.

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Officials say the two victims, only described as a male and female in their 40s, were found with gunshot wounds in the 30 block of Norman Avenue around 1:15 a.m.

The female victim was pronounced dead on scene, while the male was transported to an area hospital with life-threatening injuries.

There is a suspect in custody that detectives are questioning, according to police. 

A neighbor who called 911 reported the male victim was shot first. The female victim went inside, and the neighbor heard an additional shot.

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The neighbor said the suspect was sitting on the porch with a gun. Police confirmed the suspect had been walking around the area with a gun. The suspect, who has not been identified, was taken into custody without incident.

The incident remains under investigation. 

Dog warden testifies: ‘Worst emaciated dog that was still alive’

Published: Thursday, June 21, 2018 @ 5:00 AM

Kurt Merbs describes finding emaciated dogs

A Hamilton man charged with animal cruelty had his day in court, stating fleas and separation anxiety may have led to significant weight loss for his dogs, but not a lack of nutrition.

Brian Trauthwein, 42, of Franklin St., was issued misdemeanor citations on March 23, a day after he called 911 asking for a dog warden to come pick up “stray dogs” he said he found two weeks prior near his mudroom.

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It was later determined the malnourished dogs, Porsche and Chloe, had belonged to Trauthwein for years and he was not truthful with dispatchers or Deputy Dog Warden Supervisor Kurt Merbs.

During testimony this week at a bench trial before Hamilton Municipal Court Judge Dan Gattermeyer, Merbs said both dogs were thin, but Porsche, a boxer, was emaciated.

“It was the worst I have ever had as far as an emaciated dog that was still alive,” Merbs said. Chloe, a pit bull, was also very thin, he said.

Trauthwein told Merbs the same thing he told dispatchers: that he had found the dogs two weeks prior and their health continued to decline.

Porsche when she was taken to Animal Friends Humane Society in March.(BUTLER COUNTY DOG WARDEN’S OFFICE)

Merbs said when he picked up Porsche to take her to his truck, he became aware of the odor from large, open sores under her front forearms. She was dressed in a T-shirt, hiding the sores and her thin condition. There was no bedding on the plywood floor, but there was dog food in planters

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During later questioning, Merbs said Trauthwein admitted he owned the dogs. Merbs said Trauthwein mentioned the dogs had fleas, maybe cancer, and that he could not afford care for them.

“He said he didn’t have any money, didn’t have a driver’s license and he didn’t know want to do,” Merbs said, noting Trauthwein told him he did feed the dogs.

When Porsche was taken to Animal Friends Human Society, she weighted 20.2 pounds. After regular food, water and antibiotic for her wounds, the dog left the facility for her adopted home in May weighing 44 pounds. Chloe also gained significant weight and has since been adopted.

Brian Trauthwein, who is charged with animal cruelty, testifed Monday during a bench trial in Hamilton Municipal Court. (LAUREN PACK/STAFF)

Hamilton Municipal Court Prosecutor Samantha Wicktora pointed out that Porsche gained weight “after only being offered food, water and given antibiotics.”

Veterinarian Dr. David Corfman, who examined both dogs at the shelter, testified Porsche was “about as thin as you can be and still be alive.”

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He said ill-fitting clothing could have caused the wounds under her forearms and said he saw no evidence of fleas on either dog.

“I feel confident (Porsche) was deprived of adequate nutrition and fluids,” Corfman said. He described Chloe as “very thin, but not dire.”

Trauthwein took the stand in his own defense, telling the judge he was a sole caretaker of his grandmother and is disabled without an income.

He admitted to calling 911 and lying about being the owner of the dogs because he had been told if he had had them for longer, he would be considered the owner.

“I royally messed up on that one,” Trauthwein said. “I felt like I had no choice. I was stuck and they were getting worse by the day.”

Trauthwein said he called some agencies and veterinary clinics, but got no help.

“Everybody wanted money, and I didn’t have a license to drive them anywhere,” he said.

Trauthwein said he did feed the dogs, but they began loosing weight after a flea infestation in the house. He said he also believes “his girls” suffered from separation anxiety when they had to be moved to another area of the house.

Merbs testified there is a fee to surrender animals to the shelter, but he would not have let dogs in Porsche and Chloe’s condition leave even if there was no payment.

Defense attorney Jeremy Evans said during closing statements that Trauthwein was trying to make do with the resources he had.

“He had no money, he lied to save their lives,” Evans said, noting there is no evidence he deprived the dogs of food and water.

Gattermeyer is reviewing all the all the evidence and will issue a decision on July 30.