County officials look into complaint of animal cruelty
PERRY TOWNSHIP - Lawrence County Sheriff's deputies and assistants with the Lawrence County Dog Warden's office are investigating complaints of animal cruelty in the area of Lick Creek Road and Township Road 136.
Resident Dreama Hall said Tuesday she saw two boys chasing a dog on a hillside near her house and watched as one boy shot the dog as it was running away from him.
"When they shot that dog that was it," she said. "I just couldn't keep from crying."
Hall said it is common place to see dogs in the area with the mange, malnourished and mistreated.
Local authorities checked the area and found one dog's carcass lying in a ditch with a bullet wound to the head, as well as other dogs running loose and in need of medical attention.
"I've got two dogs under custody, one dead dog and one that I can't catch that has the mange," assistant dog warden Shannon Neal said.
He estimated the two confiscated dogs and the dead dog were adults between one and three years of age.
One of Hall's neighbors, Gloria Harper lamented that some people get dogs as pets, only to let them languish under the worst of conditions.
"They have pup after pup after pup and they lay in the road and you can't hardly get around them," Harper said.
Authorities are looking into who owned the dogs, who shot the one dog and what prompted the shooting.
Meanwhile, a former Ironton city dog warden was cited to court Christmas Day on an animal cruelty charge.
Ironton police were summoned to the residence of Kyle Shope, 1314 S. Eighth St., Ironton, after neighbors complained of his dog's alleged incessant barking.
Ironton Police Sgt. Joe Ross said when he investigated the complaints he found the German Shepherd dog tied to a pile of lumber with no shelter from the 12-degree weather.
"I assume he had been there (outside) all night long," Ross said.