MOUNT VERNON — Justin Trowbridge and Jackie Nordin did not plan to start a dog rescue operation. But when Nordin’s mother wanted information about placing a small dog, the couple learned about a Knox County residence that took in dogs. Skeptical, they went to have a look and found 90 dogs living in unsanitary, unhealthy conditions.
They saw an immediate need and realized that they could help. In early November, accompanied by Knox County Animal Control Officer Larry Williams and Maria McCutchen of Rescue Wagon, they went to the residence where they found the dogs.
Trowbridge said he was surprised to learn how “lax” the Ohio Revised Code is in regard to kenneling and caring for dogs. There were no charges that could be filed, but Trowbridge wanted to see the dogs removed, so he negotiated a price with the owners to persuade them to release the dogs.
“Our goal was to see the dogs removed from an unsanitary environment and then we felt comfortable with saying, ‘We know they’re at least safe until we get them adopted,’” said Trowbridge. “I went out and bought 300 pounds of dog food and took it to them. [The owners] were providing them food and water and they were getting by on that. We just kept taking them food.”
The dogs had some of the basic necessities and only one of them, a collie, seemed to have suffered from abuse. She went to Almost Home Rescue in Delaware.
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