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5 dogs removed from Butler County home in animal abuse case

Robert Lewis,  23, from Butler Co. Robert Lewis, 23, from Butler Co.
REILLY TOWNSHIP, OH (FOX19) -

Five abused dogs are in the safe care of a Butler County shelter after their owner was arrested on animal cruelty charges.

"It's just extremely saddening to know that a person would take such drastic abuse measures,” said Meg Stephenson, executive director of Animal Friends Humane Society.

Robert Lewis, 23, was reportedly seen punching a kicking a dog in his yard on Monday, according to release from the Butler County Sheriff's office. Lewis fled when deputies arrived but was apprehended early Tuesday morning.

He told officers he was “disciplining” the dogs, according to Sheriff Jones.

"If somebody hadn't seen this happen, I don't think anybody walking by these dogs would presume they were victims to such horrible acts of cruelty,” said Stephenson.

Shelter officials say the dogs appear to be doing well, and not too traumatized. Of the five, the three puppies have been signed over to the Animal Friends Humane Society. Stephenson says they're taking applications for adoptions of the three puppies.

"The dogs are comfortable and stable in this environment. We are monitoring them for any long term effects of what may have happened,” Stephenson told FOX19 NOW.

Butler County dog wardens removed the dogs, including three puppies, and placed them with Animal Friends Human Society. The puppies will undergo health and temperament evaluations before being put up for adoption, according to a worker at Animal Friends.

“These animals were severely abused. They were extremely submissive and obviously scared,” said Dog Warden Supervisor Kurt Merbs.

Lewis faces four counts of animal cruelty, a misdemeanor charge. Jones says his office will work closely with the prosecutor to see that Lewis is punished to the fullest extent of the law.

He is also charged with obstructing officials business and resisting arrest.

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