Owner ordered to pay $1,500 after 12 starving pit bull-mixes found in Akron house

AKRON, Ohio - After a three-month animal cruelty investigation, the owner of 12 starving dogs found in an Akron house pleaded guilty.

In December, the Humane Society of Greater Akron executed a search warrant and discovered the pit bull-mixes, six adults and six puppies. There was also a treadmill, syringes and bite sticks, the humane society said.

"The dogs were tied in the basement and backyard in poor conditions. They were malnourished, most lacked food and water, some were injured and scared," said senior humane officer Tim Harland.

The dogs received medical attention and went through a behavior assessment to see how they would react to other dogs, handlers and food. The pit bull-mixes are available for adoption.

The dogs are happy and healthy now, but Heather Kinaitis, volunteer coordinator for the Humane Society, said it can be heartbreaking to see the animals when they first get them.

"You never want to say that you are used to seeing their situations come in but, you look at the bright side and , you know, at least they are here now. They are not in the horrible conditions that they were and where they are going is so much better than where they have been."

The dogs' owner pleaded guilty to four misdemeanor counts of animal cruelty. He was ordered to pay $1,500 and cannot own a dog for five years.

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