PORTSMOUTH, Ohio (WSAZ) -- The Scioto County Sheriff’s Office says numerous complaints about a dog not being fed and neglected at a residence along State Route 140 in South Webster are false.
On March 21, the Sheriff’s office says information and photos of the dog were given to one of the court appointed humane agents.
Then on March 30, after receiving additional calls regarding the animal, a deputy was dispatched to check the dog.
The deputy said the dog had food, water and shelter. He also says the dog was active and friendly.
According to the news release, the officer spoke to the owner who advised the dog was a stray that wandered in five to six weeks back. The dog was very skinny and had signs of being in a fight with another animal. She stated that she took the dog in and has been trying to get its weight.
Then over the weekend, after the dispatch center received hundreds of phone calls concerning information that began showing up on the internet about the dog, a supervisor from the Sheriff’s Office along with the court appointed humane agent returned to the residence to evaluate the dog.
Once again, they said the dog was found to be active and showed no signs of distress. The entire property was also checked for any signs of dog remains and none were found.
The Sheriff’s Office says the owner of the dog actually had to call them over the weekend for extra patrols after people began driving up and down the highway and in and out of their driveway yelling and cussing at her family over the false allegations.