ROSS – Four dogs have been saved from a very soon death from being left inside a business in Ross county.
Accoridng to a press release from Ross County Humane Society on February 16, 2022 a concerned citizen contacted the society to report four dogs in extremely poor condition after being abandoned in the former Watt Street Feed and Watt Street Grooming and Pet Services building in Chillicothe.
When the Dog Warden investigated they were able to see four dogs on the premises and made entry into the building. In the report, the warden describes the situation
“The floor of the building where the dogs were found was covered in feces, large amounts of dog fur, and debris. There was no water nor electricity connected to the building and there was no evidence of food or water for the dogs locked inside.”
The warden in the report said that all four animals were in poor condition, all had to be hospitalized.
Two were found with microchips and the data from the chips they were able to contact a previous owner of the dog that told them the dogs were given to Cathy S. Cobb, former owner of the closed Watt Street Feed and Watt Street Grooming and Pet Services, to treat the dog for skin issues over a year ago. The two others did not have chips
Cathy S. Cobb, whose last known residence is Greenfield, Ohio, is being charged with 2 counts of serious harm to a companion animal, 4 counts of abandonment, 4 counts of cruelty to animals, and 4 counts of failure to license. The 2 counts of serious harm to a companion animal are 5th degree felonies in Ohio. This case comes just one week after the first successful prosecution of a 5th degree felony for animal cruelty in Ross County.