Clermont Humane Society overwhelmed by generosity

January 14th, 2010    Author: Staff Report    Filed Under: Community

Following the Clermont County Humane Society’s seizure of six malnourished horses, a donkey, and a pony from a farm in Bethel, Ohio on Dec. 28, 2009, the community has rallied to the cause with donations of food, hay, supplies, and even cash. All of these donations are earmarked for the care and well-being of these animals.

“This is absolutely wonderful and so very much needed!  We are so appreciative of everyone’s help and prayers for these animals who need us so badly,” said Humane Society Board President Molly Geise.  She pointed out that all expenses for the care of these animals will be the responsibility of the Clermont County Humane Society, until any restitution is made.

Geise confirmed that Chief Animal Control Officer Debra Wood has filed charges of animal cruelty and neglect against Chad Moore in Clermont County Court.

"I would like to thank Officer Wood and the entire shelter staff for their diligence and professionalism in handling this case," Geise said. "As in any cruelty case, and certainly in one of this magnitude, there is a review of the course of action taken. That review has occurred, and I am very comfortable with the actions of Officer Wood."

Officer Wood is a 23-year veteran in animal control. Collectively, the shelter staff has more than 100 combined years of service and experience in animal care with the Humane Society.

Geise acknowledged that an animal control officer was first called to the Bethel farm in February 2009. Upon investigation, it was determined there was no evidence of animal negligence. Because this is an ongoing investigation, no further details can be released.

The Clermont County Humane Society and the Animal Shelter will work closely with the Clermont County Prosecutor's Office to ensure that Mr. Moore is prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.

Two of the horses taken from the Bethel farm have had to be euthanized because of severe malnutrition. The surviving animals, seized during the investigation, are being kept together at an undisclosed farm; they are being provided care and attention by experienced handlers, and two experienced veterinarians.
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