Several Dozen Dogs Seized From Breeder

Nov 28, 2012

Three people have pleaded not guilty to hundreds of animal cruelty charges involving a dog-breeding business where 241 dogs were seized during a raid in western Ohio.

Sidney Municipal Court officials say an attorney entered written not guilty pleas on behalf of the owners of Pedigree Pets in Maplewood. The family members are each charged with 241 misdemeanor counts of animal cruelty. Sheriff's deputies raided the Shelby County property over a week ago. Officials say dogs of various breeds were found in poor health, with kennel conditions determined unfit for housing animals. Those charged are 51-year-old Rhonda Auton, 55-year-old Dave Auton and 29-year-old Adam Auton, all of Maplewood.