9-14-2021
Dog rescued from drain pipe

JEFFERSON TOWNSHIP, OH- On Monday around noon, Fayette Regional Humane Society (FRHS) humane agents received a call from the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office communication center about a dog stuck in a drainpipe.

While two Suburban Propane employees were traveling down Moon Evans Road located in Jefferson Township in Northwest Fayette County, they found a beagle dog roaming on the side of the road. When they stopped to check for an identification tag on the dog, the men heard the sounds of another dog barking from the inside of a drainpipe in a ditch and called for help.

FRHS humane agents and dog wardens with the Fayette County Dog Shelter responded and found a beagle wedged inside of the drainpipe along with a groundhog, and both animals were nose to nose. While the groundhog was able to move around, the dog was having a difficult time.

“The pipe was about 120 feet long and both animals were about 10 feet in from the opening, making it difficult for our snare devices to reach the needed length to pull them out,” said Brad Adams, chief humane agent

The humane agents and dog wardens were unsure how long the dog had been in the pipe without access to water or if the dog had any injuries, and without the equipment needed to remove the dog, they began calling other departments for additional help.

“While Dog Warden Prater was on the phone with the engineer’s office, I was on the phone with Jefferson Township Fire and EMS asking for assistance,” said Adams

It wasn’t long afterward, members from the Jefferson Township Fire and EMS, engineer’s office, and the township arrived in a team effort to help.

“I cannot thank all of the men and women from the fire and ems as well as the guys from the engineer’s office and the township for jumping right in to assist. The rescue wouldn’t have been as successful or as quick without everyone involved, and because the guys from Suburban Propane were caring enough to stop and check on a loose dog, they were also instrumental by being a voice for an animal in need,” said Adams

As for the groundhog, it seemed to be unharmed and it was determined that it could easily exit when it no longer felt threatened by all of the people and noise. The dog didn’t seem to be in distress and was returned to its owner.

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7-5-2021
Dog found tied to fence; abandoned

WASHINGTON C.H, OH- Shortly after midnight on Sunday, June 20, Fayette Regional Humane Society (FRHS) humane agents were dispatched by the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office to a residence in the 800 block of Broadway St. after a call was received about an abandoned dog tied to a fence.

“At the time of Humane Agent Daugherty and I’s arrival, we found a very scared brindle mixed breed dog tied to a chain-link fence on a short leash without food, water, or shelter.” said Brad Adams, Chief Humane Agent and Outreach Director “The dog was super scared to the point where he was growling out of fear. I’m sure it was scary with the two of us who are complete strangers approaching him in the darkness.”

It was determined through the humane agent’s investigation that the dog, named L.S. had been abandoned around noon on the previous day. Agents contacted the owner, Brittany Yoakum, a previous resident of Bloomingburg, at around 1:00 a.m., who advised them that she was on her way to meet her boyfriend that afternoon and was moving to Portsmouth but couldn’t take the dog to their new place of residence. Yoakum claimed that she posted the dog’s photo on social media to rehome him, and a man contacted her and was going to take the dog from Broadway Street. Yoakum tied the dog to a fence and left prior to the man arriving. Yoakum was unable to furnish the humane agents with any name or contact number of the person who allegedly contacted her by phone that previous afternoon.

“I know during the daylight hours it was pretty hot out and the sun shining bright on that day. I am sure L.S. was quite thirsty during those 12 hours and didn’t enjoy being in the direct sunlight without access to water, shelter, or shade for that period of time,” said Adams

The humane agents removed L.S. and transported him to their downtown animal care and adoption center where he was given lots of treats, food, water, and love until he was transferred out, through a partnership with the Fayette County Dog Shelter, to a rescue who will spend some time providing training and preparing him for a new, loving home.

Brittany Yoakum, age 19 of Portsmouth, was charged with second misdemeanor Abandoning Animals, and two counts of charges relating to Cruelty to Animals. Yoakum was arraigned in the Washington C.H. Municipal Court on Wednesday and pleaded guilty to all three charges. Yoakum was fined $100, given a 90-day jail suspension, five years probation, and no owning, harboring, or having control of animals for five years.

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