August 2, 2022

HSGD Removes 43 Animals from Farm in Germantown

By: The Humane Society of Greater Dayton

Malnourished. Injured. Living in deplorable conditions with little to no fresh food. Water that

 looked more like sludge than anything suitable for drinking. Stalls nearly 3 feet deep in fecal matter. That is how our humane society agents discovered 43 farm animals at a property in Germantown earlier this month.

With obvious signs of neglect as well as property maintenance violations, our humane society agents worked with the Germantown Police Department to remove 43 animals from this farm. This included 1 horse, 2 cows, 3 goats, 7 sheep, 5 rabbits, 7 peacocks, 1 turkey, 1 duck, 2 guineafowl, 11 chickens and 3 geese.

“It is always a difficult day for our team to see animals in such poor and neglectful conditions,” said Brian Weltge, President & CEO of the Humane Society of Greater Dayton. “However, our team is well trained and responded quickly to obtain a warrant and remove the animals from this horrible situation so that we could begin to immediately address their veterinary needs and provide them with the food, shelter and medical care they need to rehabilitate.”

With most of the animals extremely underweight and many facing additional health issues, the Humane Society of Greater Dayton was able to place the animals into foster homes where they are receiving the care and medical attention they need.

“We are so grateful for the people who reported this situation,” said Weltge. “Our organization can’t be everywhere at once so we rely on the community to be our eyes and ears. It is because of your diligence that we were able to remove these animals and give them the help they need.”

The cost to care for these animals can be very expensive for our organization. If you would like to support the care they need to thrive as they recover and move into forever homes, visit to make a donation today. As a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, the Humane Society of Greater Dayton does not receive government funding and relies solely on donations from individuals, companies and grants to support the animals in our care.

The humane society agents recently appeared in Miamisburg Municipal Court regarding the recent seizure where the defendants were charged and pled guilty to animal cruelty with the 43 animals being surrendered to the Humane Society of Greater Dayton. Both suspects were given the maximum sentence under the law and were granted probation for a period not to exceed five years where they will be monitored by both the Miamisburg Municipal Court Probation Department as well as our humane society agents.


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