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Reynoldsburg: Dogs left out in cold, owner charged with cruelty

A Reynoldsburg police officer took custody of four Labrador retrievers left out in the cold last week and charged their owner with cruelty to animals.

The officer said he responded at 4:25 p.m. Jan. 26 to a residence in the 7200 block of Sabre Avenue after receiving a complaint about barking dogs. He said records indicated police had responded to complaints about barking dogs at that address 37 times between 2005 and 2014. The officer said four dogs were in the backyard, along with four doghouses filled with straw.

"No dog door and/or source of heat were present," the officer wrote in the report. "There was a black bucket of water near the rear door, but no food was present. A dead bird was observed in the backyard which some of the dogs appeared to be eating. The current temperature was 28 degrees Fahrenheit.

"I felt the dogs' ears and stomach that were cold to the touch," he said. "The dogs' paw pads appeared to be frozen."

According to the report, the officer left a note for the absent owner and spoke to five different people in the neighborhood, who all said the dogs bark constantly and are left outside in the cold.

The dogs were turned over to Franklin County Animal Control. All the dogs were current on registration and rabies vaccinations.

When the owner came to the police station, she said a former animal control officer told her she had provided the dogs with adequate shelter.

Later that day, the officer heard from more neighbors, who claimed the kennel area was not regularly cleaned in the summer, which caused an overpopulation of flies and a foul odor, according to the report.

In other Reynoldsburg police reports:

* Police are investigating several reports that campers and mobile homes have been broken into.

On Jan. 29, two campers at the corner of Rosetree and Rosehill roads were reported broken into while they were parked in the driveways of two different residences. A second burglary occurred between 9 p.m. Jan. 28 and 1 p.m. Jan. 29 at the camper parked on Rosehill. A 32-inch Samsung flat-screen television worth $300, 12 PS3 video games worth $40 each, a PS3 game machine worth $350, three additional PS3 controllers valued at $54.99 each and about 20 DVDs, worth $20 each, were stolen from the vehicle.

Someone tried to pry open the door of another motor home between 1 and 3:45 p.m. Jan. 30 while it was parked in the 500 block of Graham Road, resulting in damage to the door. Police said the deadbolt lock did not give, so no entry was made.

* A man told police Jan. 29 that a neighbor looks in his window while walking his dog in the 200 block of Castle Court. The reporting officer said both men live in mobile homes that are close together. He advised the man that he should close his blinds.

The officer said the man "became hostile ... ranting that no one has rights any more."

The officer talked to the neighbor, who said his wife was "visibly shaken" because the man had "confronted them about looking in the window."

The neighbor said the man threw a pop bottle and cursed at them. He denied looking into the man's window while walking his dog.

* A woman reported a window to her 2005 Ford Freestyle was broken between midnight and 7:45 a.m. Jan. 28 while the vehicle was parked in the 1300 block of Beeler Drive. She told police nothing was stolen but the cost to replace the window would be $200 to $300.

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