PAWSibilities, Humane Society of Greater Akron announced Tuesday that an animal cruelty case initiated by the organization resulted in a guilty plea this month.
The Twinsburg-based organization said it executed a search warrant at a home in Akron in December and found 12 pitbull-mixed dogs -- six adults and six puppies -- and equipment commonly used in dog-fighting, including a treadmill, bite sticks, syringes and other home medical supplies.
The man, whose name was not released by the organization, pled guilty to four misdemeanor counts of animal cruelty and was forced to pay restitution of $1,500. The man surrenderd the dogs to PAWSibilities and can't own another dog for five years.
"The dogs were tied in the basement and backyard in poor conditions," said Tim harland, the senior humane officer. "They were malnourished, most lacked food and water, and some were injured and scared."
PAWSibilites officials said all twelve dogs have been medically evaluated, treated and behaviorally assessed by the organization’s animal care staff. Behavior assessments are performed on all dogs over the age of six months and are used to gauge the dog’s reaction to new stimulus, other dogs, handling and food.
The dogs are currently available for adoption and will remain under the care of PAWSibilities until they are adopted.
Under Ohio law, PAWSibilities role is to rescue and rehabilitate the severely sick, injured, abandoned, abused and neglected animals in Summit County. The organization has two deputized Humane Officers that investigate cruelty situations and seize animals when necessary.