More than 150 animals seized in August from a Jackson Township residence and a West Broad Street pet store will be available to adopt from Columbus Humane as early as next week.
Britny and Douglas DeVaul paid more than $3,000 on Oct. 15 to maintain an interest in the possible ownership of five of the animals -- three dogs and two cats, according to Columbus Humane. There is no guarantee they will be granted ownership of those animals, which are considered family pets.
An additional 156 animals, including dogs, cats and reptiles, are now officially owned by Columbus Humane and can be put up for adoption, the agency said Oct. 16.
About 240 animals were seized on Aug. 13 from the DeVauls' Demorest Road residence and the Petting Zoo Pet Shop on West Broad Street. The seizure involved more than 100 reptiles, 90 dogs and about 50 livestock, as well as the remains of about 30 animals.
During a hearing Sept. 27, Judge Stephanie Mingo found probable cause for the removal of 161 of the animals from the DeVauls' custody. The couple, who both face multiple misdemeanor counts of animal cruelty, had the option of paying for the cost of the 30 days of care for some or all of the animals if they wanted to maintain the option of ownership at the conclusion of the case.
The judge found five animals were pets of the couple and those animals were returned to them on Sept. 30, according to Columbus Humane.
Had the DeVauls wanted to pay for the cost of all the animals for the first month, the cost would have been more than $98,000.
The couple will have to continue paying for the cost of care for the five animals they paid the bond for on Oct. 15 if they want to continue having an interest in their ownership.
Columbus Humane said many of the animals now eligible for adoption will be available within 10 days. Updates on the timeline and the eligible animals will be posted on the agency's website, www.columbushumane.org, and social media accounts.
The majority of the puppies seized in the case will likely be available for adoption within the week.