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More than 50 dogs and puppies seized from kennel in Columbia Station

Almost half of the dogs are in emergency veterinarian care.
Credit: Friendship APL

LORAIN, Ohio — More than 50 dogs and puppies were removed Wednesday from a kennel in Columbia Station.

Greg Willey, Executive Director of Friendship APL, said they received a complaint about the dogs and puppies at the kennel. They got a search warrant and executed the warrant on Wednesday.

Willey said more than 20 of the animals are currently in emergency care and are being treated for canine parvovirus. Parvovirus, or parvo, is an extremely contagious virus that, if untreated, can be lethal to dogs and puppies. Three of the animals have already died.

Currently, about 30 dogs and puppies are in isolation at Friendship APL. All of those animals have been exposed to the virus. Willey said with this many dogs and puppies in isolation, it limits intake and the ability to help other animals.

This case is just in the beginning of the court process, which prohibits Willey from releasing the name of the kennel or providing more details. Willey said there should be a court date within the next 10 days, then more details should be available.