William Birdwell, 40, and Camerynne Birdwell, 26, were each charged with three counts of second-degree misdemeanor animal cruelty.
Police responded to 608 Ogontz St. March 15 after the Erie County Dog Warden’s office requested assistance on an animal complaint, a Sandusky police report states.
The owners of the property had entered the building, previously occupied by William and Camerynne Birdwell, and said they found three dogs in cages in the home’s kitchen, the report states.
Police reported finding the home in poor shape, and the dogs were covered in urine and feces, according to the report.
“The interior of the home was in deplorable conditions and the odor inside was overbearing,” Sandusky police Officer James DeSalle wrote in the report.
One of the dogs, a Great Dane named Bane, appeared malnourished and its hips and ribs were showing, the report states.
The city’s code enforcement department condemned the home and the Erie County Dog Warden’s office took the dogs to the dog pound and to get treatment by a veterinarian.
Under Goddard’s Law, an Ohio law named after Cleveland TV meteorologist and animal advocate Dick Goddard, many cases of animal cruelty can warrant felony charges rather than misdemeanors. But, in this case, the dog warden and a veterinarian deemed health of the three dogs was not bad enough for felony charges.
“The dogs were fairly easily brought back to health,” Sandusky police Lt. Scott Dahlgren said.
Police spoke the Camerynne Birdwell over the phone, and she said she and William Birdwell had moved to Indiana but she planned to get the dogs the weekend of March 16, according to the police report. She told an officer a family member was at the home multiple times a day caring for the dogs.
An officer told Camerynee Birdwell about the condition the dogs were in, and that she and William Birdwell were being charged, the report states. Camerynne Birdwell told police she would come to Sandusky to be served with their charges.
Neither William Birdwell or Camerynne Bidrwell have yet been served with their charges as of today, Dahlgren said.
Erie County Dog Warden Barb Knapp said Bane was placed in a home, and the other two dogs, named Chloe and Moe, are up for adoption.