NEWTON FALLS, Ohio (WKBN) – Thirteen animals were taken from a housing unit in Newton Falls.
According to a police report, officers were called Monday to a locked duplex on Newton Drive after neighbors complained about animals being abandoned at the apartment.
Officers found four dogs on one side of the duplex along with two dogs, three cats and four puppies on the other side, according to the report.
Animal feces and urine were found everywhere and there were empty food and water bowls along with torn dog food bags in one of the apartments, according to police.
Trash was also all over the backyard.
Police discovered that 40-year-old Gena Brumley used to live in the side of the duplex where the two dogs, cats and puppies were found, and her daughter, Alexis Brumley, lived on the other side where the four dogs were found.
The two women were currently staying at another location in Newton Falls, according to the report. Police believe they moved out about two weeks ago.
“They claim that they were coming back and caring for them, but the conditions inside the house basically proved otherwise,” said Newton Falls Police Chief Gene Fixler.
The animals were taken from the apartment and are being housed at the Animal Welfare League (AWL) of Trumbull County, putting the shelter at capacity.
A total of 10 dogs and three cats were taken. One of the dogs is believed to be pregnant. Police said they were all dehydrated and starving.
AWL is caring for the animals but will be seeking custody of them in the near future.
“The property owners opted not to sign them over to us. So, we will be going to court in the next few weeks to address that and see where we’ll proceed as far as obtaining custody,” said AWL CEO Lori Shandor.
Alexis and Gena Brumley are each charged with several counts of cruelty to companion animals and abandoning animals.
Both are due in court on Jan. 2 to be arraigned on the charges.