Despite previous conviction, Columbus man accused of abusing dogs again

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A Columbus man previously found guilty in a case involving animal abuse in Fairfield County now faces new charges in Franklin County.

According to investigators, Cory Dewberry was still on probation from the 2013 case.

Last December, however, new calls alleging animal abuse began coming into Columbus Humane.

“Originally, we were receiving calls about dogs being left outside without food, water or shelter,” said Victoria Nogay, a Columbus Humane agent.

Court documents indicate agents checked the home, but the animals appeared safe.

The reports continues.

“Most recently, we were contacted by a woman who claimed she purchased a dog from Dewberry and it died while it was under his care for training,” Nogay explained.

Shortly after that call, authorities executed a search warrant at Dewberry’s southwest Columbus home.

“There were several dogs that were confined in crates all throughout the house,” said Nogay. “None of them had access to water and their crates smelled strongly of urine. Many of the dogs also had untreated medical conditions. We also found and impounded two deceased chickens, and one deceased rabbit from the property.”

Dewberry was charged with nine counts of prohibitions concerning companion animals.

In 2013, Fairfield County Sheriff Dave Phalen described the conditions inside the Dewberry Family K9 Kennel as deplorable. Dogs were laying in their own feces, without food and water. Unidentified animal remains were found during a search.

In that case, the investigation started after a woman said her German Shepherd lost 45 pounds in two months under Dewberry’s care.

At a court appearance on Wednesday, he was arrested for violating his probation in the 2013 case.

Dewberry was prohibited from housing animals, according to court documents.

NBC4 sought comment on the accusations at Dewberry’s home, however, nobody answered the door.

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