CLAY TOWNSHIP, Ohio (WDTN) – More than 80 farm animals were seized Saturday in Clay Township.
The owners were driving home from a four-day vacation in Michigan when they saw a line of vehicles outside their home on the 11000 block of North Dayton Greenville Pike.
“There were animal control cars and humane society cars everywhere,” said Brenda Moore, who owns the animals.
The backyard of Moore’s two-acre property housed several types of farm animals including chickens, goats, turkeys, dogs, and a pig. The owners said the animals were part of 4-H. The owner’s five children showed several of the animals winning several awards.
The family is now looking for answers as to why the animals were taken.
“They kept telling me they were abandoned,” said Moore. “So basically, they’re telling me I can’t go on vacation ever.”
Officers said a complaint about a dog on the loose led the Montgomery County Animal Resource Center to the home. The center called for the Humane Society of Greater Dayton when officers found the animals in a pen in the backyard.
Video released by the humane society showed branches and stones scattered throughout the pen.
It is a setting officers said was not fit for the animals.
“The conditions were deplorable,” said Sheila Marquis with the Humane Society of Greater Dayton. “They had no food. They had no water or very little water. What little water they did have was in some of the pens with active algae growing.”
The owners, however, said a friend was watching over their property while they were out of town and the animals were not abandoned.
They are trying to get the animals back for the children to show next month at the Montgomery County Fair.
“That’s my worry,” said Moore. “We need the animals back so that the kids can finish taking care of them. They have to have them in their possession for a certain length of time.”
Moore said she will have to pay to get back the two dogs taken from the property.
The Humane Society of Greater Dayton has placed the animals with foster families during the investigation. The humane society is also looking at possible animal neglect and cruelty charges.