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Police cite Ohio woman for abandoning dogs near Stump Creek

June 7, 2012

Police have cited a Columbus, Ohio, woman for abandoning these two dogs — held here by Katelyn Hidinger, a veterinarian technician at the Animal Hospital of Punxsutawney — and 15 others in early May in the woods near Stump Creek. (File photo by Larry McGuire/The Punxsutawney Spirit)

PUNXSUTAWNEY — Just a few weeks after 17 dogs — 12 Pomeranians, two Shih Tzus and a Pinscher, among others — were found abandoned in the woods in Stump Creek, police have cited a woman they believe committed the act.

According to WJAC-TV, Punxsutawney-based Pennsylvania State Police issued a non-traffic citation to Tiffany Eggleston, 37, of Columbus, Ohio.

In the citation, police said Eggleston “definitely did neglect the duty of care for 17 dogs and did abandon and deprive the dogs of necessary sustenance, drink, shelter or veterinary care and failed to provide shelter from inclement weather.”

The station said however, since the offense is not criminal, no affidavit of probable cause was provided by a district judge.

Eggleston must pay $750 in fines and $125.50 in court costs. She also must pay at least one other fee totaling $895, WJAC-TV said.

A week after the dogs were found by passersby last month, Katelyn Hidinger, a veterinarian technician at the Animal Hospital of Punxsutawney, said all the dogs were in bad condition, with long, overgrown toenails all the way to their paw pads, as well as feces and straw matted in their fur, when they were brought to the facility.

Hidinger said the dogs were shaved and bathed, and veterinarian Dr. Emily Rapp also administered a deworming treatment.

Since the hospital took in the dogs, Rapp told WJAC-TV that 15 have been adopted, but two chocolate Pomeranians, Jezebell and Annie, are still looking for homes.

The dogs are between six and eight years of age, but both have missing teeth because they were neglected for so long.

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