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Police rescue Ohio woman trapped in garage of 'unlivable' home

NEW MIDDLETOWN, OH (WKBN) - A New Middletown woman and half a dozen dogs were rescued Wednesday after police found her trapped in the garage. Police said she is a hoarder and the house is unlivable.

Her neighbor on Robinwood Drive heard the woman screaming for help and called police.

The woman fell inside the garage and was pinned against the door for two days. Firefighters had to remove the garage door to get to her.

Humane agents from Animal Charity and the Mahoning County Dog Warden removed six dogs in poor condition, according to police.

"She loves her dogs. I mean, her dogs are her family," said New Middletown Police Chief Vince D'Egidio. "A couple of months ago during the winter months, somebody took the dog out of her pen when it was cold out and that's, basically, broke her heart."

He said since then, she's been having emotional issues on top of the health issues she already has.

"It's just a sad set of circumstances that culminated today, with her going to the hospital and the dogs being taken."

D'Egidio doubts that animal cruelty charges will be filed against her.

"Based on her competency issues, I wouldn't foresee any charges right now," he said. "I think it's just an older person that has some issues. Definitely loves her animals, but at this point in time, she is unable to care for herself or the animals."

D'Egidio said they have been dealing with this woman for about ten years regarding the number of animals she has and the condition of her house.


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