6 dogs removed from Piqua homes, some in poor condition, in animal cruelty investigation

6 dogs removed from Piqua homes, some in poor condition, in animal cruelty investigation
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PIQUA — Six dogs, including four puppies, were removed from two Piqua homes and surrendered over to Miami County’s animal shelter during an animal cruelty investigation Tuesday.

Animal control officers and the Miami County Sheriff’s Office responded to houses in the 400 block of Young Street and the 500 block of Miami Street Tuesday afternoon as a part of the investigation.

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Deputies located eight dogs between the two houses, some of which were described to be in “not good condition,” according to an incident report by the Miami County Sheriff’s Office.

Four puppies and two adult male dogs were surrendered to the animal shelter by their owner, deputies said. The two adult dogs were described as being “covered in fleas and had sores on their bodies,” according to deputies.

Two other adult dogs found during the investigation were allowed to remain with their owners.

Further investigation at one of the homes found two children living in dirty conditions, with the deputy reporting a foul odor coming from inside.

“When I walked by the open window I could see trash and feces all over the floor. There was also a strong odor of ammonia coming from within the residence and several cats inside,” deputies said.

“The children were very filthy and had dirty diapers on,” the deputy logged in the incident report.

The deputy did not specify which of the two homes listed in the report contained the poor living conditions.

Animal cruelty charges are pending in the original case. A request was made by the sheriff’s office for children services to also open a case and investigate.

Additional details were not available.