Things are looking up for more than 50 dogs warehoused in an abandoned Knox County building.
Today, the County’s dog warden, armed with a court order, seized the animals and took them to Knox County Animal Control.
NBC4 Investigator Tom Sussi first broke this heartbreaking tale last month, when he learned how Pittie Paw Rescue operators Joyce Meisenhelder and her daughter, Kristin Beaupry, brought the dogs to the run-down form cabinet-making factory in Butler Township.
In one of his first reports, Sussi obtained pictures taken inside the compound. Haunting images of makeshift kennels, no windows, no ventilation, and no running water.
These seemingly inhumane conditions though are not what prompted the Knox County Prosecutor’s Office to secure a court order that allowed the county’s dog warden to seize the animals.
The driveway leading up to the compound is shared with another property owner, and they no longer want to share it with the women who run Pittie Paw Rescue. That means they can no longer truck up water for the dogs. Or, as court records show, the dogs are in “imminent danger of being deprived of water.”
State law says companion animals must have access to food, water and shelter.
Knox County Prosecutor Chip McConville told Sussi they hope to find new homes for the animals.
Meantime, Meisenhelder and Beaupry both face cruelty and abandonment charges for allegedly leaving behind several cats and kittens in some run-down trailer in Licking County. Recently, they pleaded not guilty to the misdemeanor charges. No trial date has been set.
Meisenhelder also faces a public indecency charge for dropping her pants and urinating, or simulating the act. A woman who lives next to the building where the dogs were warehoused, caught Meisenhelder on surveillance cameras.