Dogs, birds, chickens, fish removed from filthy home

Animals removed from home in Moraine on Gladstone Street. (WDTN Photo/Chris Smith)
Animals removed from home in Moraine on Gladstone Street. (WDTN Photo/Chris Smith)

MORAINE, Ohio (WDTN) – The Humane Society of Greater Dayton removed a lot of animals from a filthy home in Moraine Friday.

Humane Society at home on Gladstone Street in Moraine.  (WDTN Photo/Chris Smith)
Humane Society at home on Gladstone Street in Moraine. (WDTN Photo/Chris Smith)

They removed 14 dogs, various birds, chickens, two chinchillas and fish from the house at 29-hundred block of Gladstone Street.

Humane society agents say this is the third time they’ve been called to the home in the last four years.

“I would just like to see my animals left alone,” begged the homeowner and violator Steven Welch. “I’d like to — if you can’t love your animals and treat them right and have them, something just don’t add up.”

Officials somewhat agree that the math is off, way off.

Steven Welch has lived at this home for 20 years and throughout that time his has had multiple offenses.

2 NEWS was there in 2011 when officials deemed his home unfit.

Tony Wenzler, Moraine building and zoning administrator says in his 8 years, he’s only had to deal with something like this twice.

Both times have been at this home on Gladstone Street.

After a number of complaints, Animal Control, Humane Society of Greater Dayton and several police departments returned to the home where they one officials said, “The conditions are deplorable.”

What was found was less than the nearly 30 dogs found in 2011, but still authorities say there are issues.

“Some of them are in poor health,” Chief Humane Officer Sheila Marquis. “The conditions on which they are living in are not good for animals or people so that’s why we’re condemning it. There’s a number of violations from the state and the city.”

Wenzler agreed, adding that, “It’s a real health hazard as far as breathing, just going in there right now you have problems breathing.”

But Welch denies these claims.

“There’s not deplorable conditions in there,” he countered. “I have hot water, heat. I have everything— works fine.”

Officials say cases like this often involve repeat offenders, like Welch.

And they say having stronger laws in the Buckeye state can help eliminate these scenarios.

In Friday’s case, prosecutor’s say by some time next week they will determine what if, any charges will be brought against Welch.

But Humane Society officials say it may not be enough to change this dangerous behavior.

It also may not deal with the structural issues at the home.

There is an infestation of mice and bugs, plus structural problems with the house itself.

“It’s a real health hazard.  You have problems breathing in there, the ammonia smell and all the droppings,” the Moraine Building and Zoning Administrator said.

The three people that live at the house were forced out to live elsewhere.

All the animals are being checked out by veterinarians.

It is not known yet whether any of the animals will be adopted, but the Humane Society says some of the animals are in poor health.

The organization has created a rescue fund for these types of situations.

Money raised will go to the care of all animals that are the victims of cruelty and neglect.

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