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Dead Animals Found on Farm

CLINTON COUNTY, Ohio (Rich Jaffe) -- Clinton county authorities say they're appalled and angry about what they found on a small farm near Martinsville.

Dead and starving animals, left to fend for themselves on the 30 acre parcel, and it's not the first time.  Local 12's Rich Jaffe says the man charged with the crimes is well known on the other side of the county line.

Last night Clinton County authorities showed up on a property and removed the handful of starving but still alive animals that remained, but it's what they found on the rest of the property that really has them upset.

Sheriff Ralph Fizer says investigators found the remains of at least four dead large animals on the farm.

"There aren't any more animals down there to go through this cruelty ... it's just disgusting." he told us.

The animals that were removed were obviously malnourished, ribs clearly showing.

Neighbor Doug Rhonemus was there. 

Jaffe asked him, "What went through your mind when you walked up and saw those animals like that? just disgusting"

He said, "How anybody could treat their animal that bad."

"I just don't understand it how they could keep abusing their animals like that and keep getting away with it. They should be in the place the animal is."

Ken Huffaker of Goshen owns the property.

A deputy was here for the first time in March when the sheriff says he found, "Several dogs in one cage, several inches deep of mud and feces, the dogs appeared they had not been fed in some time so he was able to get a search warrant to go on the property and that's when they found numerous dead animals laying everywhere."

Convicted on animal cruelty charges Huffaker was placed on probation, ordered to take care of the remaining animals, and clean the place up.

We found Huffaker's well known in Goshen.

He was president of the Citizens Police Academy and even sits on the Zoning Appeals board.

In Clinton county though, the sheriff says these misdemeanor charges just aren't enough. 

"He could face 90 days in jail, 120 days in jail something to that effect but cases like this where you're down there numerous times a year, these need to be serious felony charges but it's just not there."

In Clinton County Rich Jaffe, Local 12 News.

Local 12 was not successful in contacting Ken Huffaker but did speak with the attorney who represented him on the March charges.  He tells us he expects Huffaker to surrender to the sheriff.



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