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Dogs found at Lebanon dog park continue abandonment trend

The dogs are described as thin but otherwise healthy.
Published: Feb. 28, 2022 at 10:39 PM EST
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LEBANON, Ohio (WXIX) - Animal rescuers in Warren County say they found two dogs abandoned at a Lebanon dog park wearing fleece jackets.

The park is right across the street from the Humane Association of Warren County, leading the group to say whoever dumped them likely wanted them found quickly.

“The winds were pretty rough that night,” said Eli Hurley with the humane association, “so the fact that they had jackets on I think probably saved their lives.”

The dogs’ ribs were showing, but otherwise, Hurley described them as being healthy.

“I would say both of them could stand to do 10-15 lbs. of weight put on,” he said. “They’re very happy. They’re very friendly and socialized animals.”

Still, the humane association is treating the incident seriously.

“Animal abandonment is a crime,” Hurley said.

He explains the humane association is seeing more and more abandoned pets these days. “I have noticed in the past few months a lot of dog dumping.”

It’s hard to pinpoint why people abandon their pets. The pandemic and rise in pet adoptions could be playing a role.

“Sometimes people can’t handle the way that they are,” Hurley said. “Or sometimes they got the dog when they didn’t have to go into work, so they had lots and lots of time, and now they don’t have so much time.”

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