COLUMBUS (WCMH) — Columbus Humane is executing a search warrant at a southwest Columbus home and business.
The warrants were served at a home on the 3100 block of Demorest Road and Grove City Reptiles on West Broad Street.
Columbus Humane says its agents have seized various animals including reptiles and many puppies. The puppies are being taken to Columbus Humane’s Columbus shelter.
The Franklin County Sheriff’s Office confirmed deputies assisted Columbus Humane at Grove City Reptiles.
Columbus Humane CEO Rachel Finney told NBC4 the animals are suffering from a wide variety of health conditions. She said their focus is now on getting each animal evaluated and cared for.
The husband and wife involved in the case are described as puppy brokers and breeders. At their home on Demorest Road, agents removed cage after cage of puppies.
Neighbors say dogs could be heard barking on the property through the night. The smell of animal feces extended well beyond the property line.
Columbus Humane has visited this property in the past and recommended changes and improvements. The most recent investigation resulted in this action.
In 2017, NBC4’s Ted Hart talked to Doug DeVaul, the owner of Grove City Reptiles, about the many complaints about conditions. He argued the complaints were unfair and unfounded.