UPDATE: Daniel Slyby has been charged with four counts of animal cruelty and seven counts of prohibitions concerning companion animals, according to Franklin County Municipal Court records Dec. 20 in the environmental-court division. All charges are second-degree misdemeanors.
Slyby's pretrial has been set for Feb. 13.
Kerry Shaw, communications director of Columbus Humane, said the 110 surviving cats are adjusting fairly well, all things considered. Fifty-five cats were found deceased at the home and another one had to be euthanized after being rescued.
They’re being treated for various health conditions and remain in isolation so they can be treated at Columbus Humane in Hilliard.
Most of the 110 cats that survived what have been called deplorable conditions in a Gahanna home have significant health issues, according to a Columbus Humane official.
Kerry Shaw, communications director of Columbus Humane, said 111 living cats were removed from an Old Ridenour Road residence on Dec. 13 and another 55 were found deceased. One of the 111 cats later was euthanized due to its health conditions, she said.
Columbus Humane, formerly the Capital Area Humane Society, investigates cases of animal cruelty and neglect and has been sheltering homeless animals for 134 years.
Multiple charges will be pursued in Franklin County Environmental Court, Shaw said. Daniel Slyby, 60, is the owner of the residence.
"There will be a probable-cause hearing on Wednesday, Dec. 20," Shaw said. "We will pursue multiple charges. We're still gathering evidence.
"The health issues will help us decide what they've been suffering from," she said.
Shaw said the cats were examined on their first night at Columbus Humane, and they have significant and multiple health issues.
She said it's too early to tell if any of the cats can be adopted.
"Unfortunately, this is one of the worst cases we've seen," Shaw said. "This is significant but not unheard of."
She said about a dozen staff members from Columbus Humane, including agents and veterinary staff, worked to remove the animals.
"They were part of the response team and now (are) part of treatment," Shaw said.
The facility at 3015 Scioto Darby Executive Court in Hilliard was closed to the public in order to address the case on Dec. 13, but it reopened Dec. 14.
Shaw said Columbus Humane is equipped to handle that volume of cats.
"We're putting together a staffing plan," she said. "All agents responded and we had assistance from Gahanna police. We have the largest team of humane agents in the county."
She said the cats are in isolation from other animals at the facility.
Niel Jurist, Gahanna's public-information manager, said the case isn't the city's to pursue.
A warrant was issued by the Franklin County Environmental Court.
"We were requested to stand by as (Columbus Humane) executed a warrant," she said.
Jurist said the only record the city has regarding Slyby dates from October, when police were called about a vehicle in the driveway.
Gahanna police officer Ann Jodon responded to the 3600 block of Olde Ridenour Road on Oct. 6 on a report of a car with its lights on in the driveway. The vehicle was running and the seat was reclined, reports said.
When Jodon walked up to the house, she observed about 30 cats inside an enclosed side porch, as well as eight to 10 cats outside the porch, according to the report.
When Jodon looked inside a window to see if anyone was home, she saw six to 10 cats within view, according to reports.
At that time, Slyby went outside and started to yell at Jodon, stating he had "no-trespassing signs" on the property, reports stated.
Jodon advised him she was concerned for his well-being because his car was idling in the driveway with the seat reclined. He was informed it's illegal to leave a car running unattended.
Information concerning the incident was turned over to zoning officials, according to reports.
No Gahanna resident may keep more than five adult animals for pleasure, profit, breeding or exhibition without obtaining a kennel license and complying with the zoning code, according to Gahanna city code.
City Code 505.09 -- Animal Nuisance Conditions Prohibited -- further states, "No person shall keep or harbor any animal in the city so as to create offensive odors, excessive noise or unsanitary conditions which are a menace to the health, comfort or safety of the public."
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