On 2 Aug 17 Sgt. McGilton filed charges on Ryan M. Milligan, age 30, and Katherine E. Hill, age 35, LKA: 330 Kloes Road, Waterford, for three counts of cruelty to companion animals and three counts of abandoning animals, through Marietta Municipal Court.
On 26 Jul 17 two female Pitbull dogs belonging to Katherine E. Hill and Ryan Milligan were located running loose near the residence of 330 Kloes Road, Waterford, Ohio. The dogs were both extremely emaciated with their ribs, backbones and hip bones protruding. These dogs had severe hair loss and red irritated skin with scabbing and pus excreting. Both dogs were also severely infested with fleas and ticks.
Humane Officer McIntire captured both dogs and attempted to make contact with the owners at 330 Kloes Road, however, did not get a response, but heard barking coming from inside the residence.
The property was extremely overgrown and unkempt with garbage thrown about. There were a couple bowls/containers that appeared to contain rain water, which was filthy. There were no containers or bowls that contained food or the remnants of food. There were no dog houses outside for the dogs or even a designated area where the dogs would have been kept.
Officer McIntire received information that Katherine Hill and Ryan Milligan moved from the Kloes Road residence approximately four weeks earlier. Officer McIntire was advised Hill and Milligan did not return to the residence often and hadn’t been seen there since 23 Jul 17.
Officer McIntire contacted the Washington County Sheriff’s Office and a search warrant was obtained to enter the residence of 330 Kloes Road for suspected animal cruelty. Officers made entry into the home and another female Pitbull was located. This dog was underweight, with hair loss, skin redness and irritation with possible urine scalding on its underside and legs. This dog was also severely infested with fleas.
There were two large pans on the living room floor of this residence that contained water. There was no food, but there were several empty bags of dog food on the floor.
There were three dog crates inside the dining room area of this home. Two of the crates were completely covered with packed feces and soaked in urine. There were feces and urine completely covering the floor and the floor was slick when walked on.
There was a shovel in the room and it appeared Hill and Milligan occasionally shoveled the feces into piles at two different areas of this room. There were two huge piles of feces approximately 12 inches high and over four feet wide in this room. There were piles of feces that grew mold (covered completely).
I posted a notice of the seizure and bond hearing set for 7 Aug 17 at 1300 hours. I also posted a copy of the search warrant at the front entrance of this residence.
All three dogs were assessed by a veterinarian and two of the dogs scored a 1 of 5 on the body condition score. The two dogs were found to have severe pyoderma (skin infections) with erythema (skin redness) and alopecia (hair loss). These dogs were emaciated, infested with fleas. Between the two dogs, 103 ticks were removed from their bodies and this was after they received flea and tick prevention the previous day. The third dog was underweight and scored a 2 of 5 on the body condition scale. This dog had widespread pyoderma (skin infections) with erythema (skin redness) and alopecia (hair loss).
The veterinarian concluded the conditions of these three dogs did not happen overnight. The veterinarian advised the dogs’ body conditions deteriorated over weeks to months of improper and infrequent nutrition. The dogs’ skin infections and infestations developed over weeks to become as severe as they were and were likely caused by unsanitary living conditions along with lack of care.
Contact with Sgt. McGilton has not been made by the dog owners however the notices were removed from the entryway of 330 Kloes Road. No forwarding address could be obtained.
The Washington County Sheriff’s Office received the following warrants:
Paul Williams, 3117 SR 13 SE, Crooksville, OH, for theft.
Amber Smith, 503 Hill Street, Parkersburg, WV, for theft.
Angela Thompson, 200 Pennock Drive, Lot 43, Beverly, failure to appear, original charge breach of recognizance, and failure to appear, original charge domestic violence.
James T. Morgan, 606 10th Street, Marietta, for theft.
The following suspects were processed into the Washington County Jail between Tuesday 1 Aug 17 and Wednesday 2 Aug 17:
Cheyanne Natasha Nikole Kirl, age 24, 502 Parmaco Street, Apt. 1, Parkersburg, WV, on warrants for drug possession, a felony, driving under suspension, unauthorized use of motor vehicle, 2 counts drug possession, misdemeanors. Kirl was picked up at the North Central Regional Jail by Deputy H. Tornes of the Washington County Sheriff’s Office and processed into the Washington County Jail on 1 Aug 17 at 11:33 am.
Cory Douglas Conner, age 34, 2881 Westland Road, Stockport, OH, for OVI suspension. Conner was picked up at the Muskingum County Jail by Deputy Sheaves of the Washington County Sheriff’s Office and processed into the Washington County Jail on 1 Aug 17 at 1:54 pm.
There are currently 18 females and 94 males incarcerated in the Washington County Jail.