Owner of emaciated Butler County dogs faces judge

Brian Trauthwein in Hamilton Municipal Court Monday. (FOX19 NOW/Jordan Villines)
Brian Trauthwein in Hamilton Municipal Court Monday. (FOX19 NOW/Jordan Villines)

HAMILTON, OH (FOX19) - The owner of two dogs found emaciated last week faced a judge Monday morning.

Hamilton Municipal Court Judge Daniel Gattermeyer set a $7,500 bond for Brian S. Trauthwein, 42.

The judge also prohibited Trauthwein from having animals if he is able to post bond.

Trauthwein, who was arrested Friday on two counts of animal cruelty, did not enter a plea yet, court officials said.

He is scheduled to return to court at 8 a.m. April 2.  The court appointed Hamilton attorney Rick Hyde to represent him.

Trauthwein was taken into custody after two severely malnourished dogs, a fawn and white boxer named Porsche and a black and white Pit mix named Chloe, were found wandering Thursday in the 1000 block of Franklin Street in Hamilton, according to the Butler County Sheriff's Office.

Porsche was in critical condition, but is now showing signs of recovery, the dog warden said Sunday.

The Butler County Dog Warden & Humane Officers posted two pictures of the dog on Facebook over the weekend.

She is eager to eat after officials had to feed her through a syringe when they first took her in, they said.

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