Helen Kerr Anna L DeMint The garden that got us through the winter months Virginia L Fricker JV Devils top Northwest 51-34 Senior Profile: Caitlin Young North Adams moves to 7-5 with 16-point Homecoming win over Northwest Held to a higher standard Claudia J Purtee Shaylee E Prewitt Questions still linger in Stuart explosion Richard Holsinger J Ruth Madden Frank E Swayne Robert Bechdolt Sara D Hatfield Barbara Goodwin Jeffrey Frederick Grace E Myers Johnny A Sullender Sr. Senator Joe Uecker sworn-in for second term Wenstrup sworn in for third term in House Ronald L Chochard Patrick P Clift Samuel W Freeland Senior Profile: Casey Mullenix Lady Dragons win ugly, taking Classic consolation game over Manchester, 48-45 Greyhounds roll by West Union to take Classic consolation game, 82-58 History made as Ward takes oath of office Peter A Bennington Tangela R King McDonald’s Classic crowns 2016 champions MVP Arey leads Peebles to McDonald’s Classic title, Indians outlast North Adams 82-76 in double overtime thriller Lady Devils get Classic three-peat, make it 10 of 11, 14 titles for Coach Davis Senior Profile: Raegan Dick Teaching students the power of giving Kids at Children’s Home gifted with shopping spree Marion Liming Dorothy Huff John R Murphy Michael L McAninch Rita Rogers Edward L Combs Ronald W Staggs Mary H Grooms Gladys Wilson Donald Barnhill Monda Van Vorren Deborah Spires Senior Profile: Andre Wolke Indians pull away in second half, get past Manchester 71-58 in Classic semis On home floor, Lady Indians move to Classic title game North Adams handles West Union, Devils move to Classic finals with 68-53 victory Lady Devils roll into Classic championship Beth E Rowley Leatrice Lewis Senior Profile: Justin Aldridge Mary Helterbridle Wanda Huffman PES Performing Arts entertains at Hometown Christmas Adams County Manor sends holiday wishes Peebles Lions Club hosts Christmas breakfast Elusive Elf on a Shelf makes a return visit to PES Santas in blue spread Christmas cheer in a very special way Senior Profile: Aubrey McFarland WUHS holds Hall of Fame induction ceremonies WUHS Academic Team has undefeated season Serving those who served their country From Pearl Harbor to ‘America’s Got Talent’, 93-year-old WWII vet is still going strong Yester Years brings a touch of old to the new Merry Christmas to you all North Adams Elementary announces Spelling Bee winners Peebles High School hosts Homecoming ceremonies Children in need receive gifts at PES Adams County Manor holds annual Door Decorating Contest WUHS celebrates with numerous Christmas activities Halftime lead quickly vanishes, Dragons fall to Northwest 73-62 in Saturday night non-conference match up Tammy S Scott Oscar Hilterbrandt Neil R Swayne Beulah M Daniels McDonald’s Classic begins Dec. 27 Letters to Santa Senior Profile: Tyler Swearingen Leadership Adams donates to local outreach programs North Adams student/athletes are part of Holiday Sharing Event Senior Profile: Kylie Lucas West Union Elementary holds Academic Fair on Dec. 2 WUES holds annual Spelling Bee NAHS Art students help out the Humane Society Peebles Elementary announces Spelling Bee winners CTC FCCLA / Culinary Arts class holds Cancer Awareness Drive Amen receives Distinguished Service Award ‘Tis the season for family-past, present, and future MHS Computer Class aces MOS Exam WUES recognizes November Bus Riders of the Month NAHS Beta Club sponsors canned food drive Peebles Elementary announces November Students of the Month Crisis text line reaches out during the holidays Paul Wesley Ailshire

Animals rescued

More than 160 mixed-breed dogs and cats were rescued from a Jefferson Township property after the Adams County Dog and Kennel Department called in the The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) and the Montgomery County Animal Resource Center to assist with the operation.

The Adams County Sheriff’s Department served a search warrant on George Brock, owner of the Sugar Bear Dog and Cat Rescue facility off Mt. Unger Road near Otway.

Investigators and local officials descended on Brock’s property on Wednesday and found 148 dogs and 18 cats living in deplorable, unsanitary conditions.

According to an official from the Humane Society, “The dogs didn’t really have water, many didn’t have proper shelter, some of them were malnourished, some had broken bones, severe eye, skin and ear infections.”

Corey Roscoe, Ohio state director for the HSUS, said,”These dogs and cats were in a terrible situation – the owner had too many animals and was unable to provide adequate care. It is a huge relief that they will now receive the care and medical attention they so desperately need. We are grateful to the agencies who collaborated to make this a successful rescue.”

Brock claims he doesn’t understand the allegations. He told WCPO News, “They’re treating me like trash, and like I’m against the dogs. It’s just the opposite.”

He did acknowledge that many of the animals in his care were older and injured, “Nine out of ten of them were fat, overweight actually,” he added. “A lot of ‘em were too fat, I think.”

Deputy Micah Poe who was present during the raid told the Defender, “It was surprising to see the conditions the animals and the people were living in.”

The Adams County Commissioners released a joint statement regarding the animal seizure. “Animals shouldn’t have to suffer in such conditions, and we are glad that these dogs and cats will have the chance at a fresh start. We are thankful for the help of the local and national groups involved in this case.”

Rescuers removed the animals from the property pending the final disposition of the case. The animals will be thoroughly examined and receive any necessary immediate medical treatment at at temporary emergency animal shelter.

Red Rover is assisting with the daily care of the animals, Rescue Bank provided the necessary food, and Greater Good is covering some of the costs for medical care.

According to the Humane Society none of the animals were put down.

The Adams County Ohio Rescue Network, Inc. (ACORN) remarked on their Facebook page, “This is an example of how quickly a rescue can get in over their heads. They became a dumping place for unwanted dogs and cats and tried to take care of them all, but were overwhelmed. This is why we encourage folks to report strays to the warden to pick them up.”

The Dog and Kennel Department (also known as the Pound) has changed in recent years. Euthanasia rates are less than three percent. Dog Warden,Mike Darnall told the Defender, “Every dog that comes in gets vaccinated and wormed, checked for micro chips, fleas, ticks, old and new wounds.”

Amanda Cantrell, Director of the Adams County Humane Society stated, “The county pound (Dog and Kennel Department) does a great job finding homes for dogs and cats. They only euthanize an animal as a last resort.”

Brock is scheduled to appear in court in Adams County on Monday, Dec. 14.

This dog is eating the meat of a rancid deer carcass at the Sugar Bear Animal Rescue facility.
http://www.peoplesdefender.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/12/web1_Abuse1.jpgThis dog is eating the meat of a rancid deer carcass at the Sugar Bear Animal Rescue facility. Photos courtesy of Meredith Lee | The HSUS

The animals that were seized in the raid on the Sugar Bear Animal Rescue facility were living in deplorable conditions, according to the Humane Society.
http://www.peoplesdefender.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/12/web1_Abuse2.jpgThe animals that were seized in the raid on the Sugar Bear Animal Rescue facility were living in deplorable conditions, according to the Humane Society. Photos courtesy of Meredith Lee | The HSUS

This cat was forced to live in isolation inside a small cage.
http://www.peoplesdefender.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/12/web1_Abuse3.jpgThis cat was forced to live in isolation inside a small cage. Photos courtesy of Meredith Lee | The HSUS
More than 160 cats and dogs found living in deplorable conditions

By Patricia Beech

pbeech@civitasmedia.com

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