2 charged in Clermont County animal abuse case

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Two people face charges in a Clermont County animal abuse case, in which more than dozens of animals were removed from neglectful conditions, authorities say.At least 10 dogs were seized from a Bethel home — dogs animal control officials described as “shockingly emaciated,” with every rib visible and both hip […]

Two people face charges in a Clermont County animal abuse case, in which more than dozens of animals were removed from neglectful conditions, authorities say.At least 10 dogs were seized from a Bethel home — dogs animal control officials described as “shockingly emaciated,” with every rib visible and both hip bones jutting out.On Aug. 5, officials with the Clermont County Sheriff’s Office and animal control executed a search warrant at a home in the 2600 block of Spring Street in Bethel. There, officials say they discovered “multiple animals in distress.”Animal control officers say they seized one German Shepherd mix, ten husky mixes and one cat, all of which appeared to be in poor health. A complaint reads that animal control officers also seized two parakeets and a turtle from the home. In the complaint, an animal control officer describes harsh conditions within the home, saying, “Numerous flies and an overwhelming odor was immediately noticed when we opened the front door. Garbage and feces covered the floor throughout the entire residence. No lights (or) fans were on and no air was moving. A refrigerator in the kitchen wasn’t working and another in the garage contained maggots.”Investigators say the animals were taken to Rolling Hills Veterinarian Clinic, which examined the dogs and determined some of their conditions are consistent with neglect or abuse. Leonard Saylor, 35, and Jessica Saylor, 36, both face charges in connection to the case. Two children were also living in the home with the Saylors, officials say, and have been turned over to their grandparents pending the outcome of the case. Both Leonard and Jessica Saylor face two counts of child endangering, and 12 counts of prohibitions concerning companion animals.

Two people face charges in a Clermont County animal abuse case, in which more than dozens of animals were removed from neglectful conditions, authorities say.

At least 10 dogs were seized from a Bethel home — dogs animal control officials described as “shockingly emaciated,” with every rib visible and both hip bones jutting out.

On Aug. 5, officials with the Clermont County Sheriff’s Office and animal control executed a search warrant at a home in the 2600 block of Spring Street in Bethel.

There, officials say they discovered “multiple animals in distress.”

Animal control officers say they seized one German Shepherd mix, ten husky mixes and one cat, all of which appeared to be in poor health. A complaint reads that animal control officers also seized two parakeets and a turtle from the home.

In the complaint, an animal control officer describes harsh conditions within the home, saying, “Numerous flies and an overwhelming odor was immediately noticed when we opened the front door. Garbage and feces covered the floor throughout the entire residence. No lights (or) fans were on and no air was moving. A refrigerator in the kitchen wasn’t working and another in the garage contained maggots.”

Investigators say the animals were taken to Rolling Hills Veterinarian Clinic, which examined the dogs and determined some of their conditions are consistent with neglect or abuse.

Leonard Saylor, 35, and Jessica Saylor, 36, both face charges in connection to the case. Two children were also living in the home with the Saylors, officials say, and have been turned over to their grandparents pending the outcome of the case.

Both Leonard and Jessica Saylor face two counts of child endangering, and 12 counts of prohibitions concerning companion animals.

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