No charges to be filled against owner of Toledo property where animals found buried
Wed, 09 Oct 2013 20:03:12 GMT —
After meeting with the owner of an animal rescue, following the discovery of a half dozen animal buried behind her west Toledo property, officials say they have insufficient evidence to file charges.
Toledo Area Humane Society Executive Director, Gary Willoughby, issued a statement saying officials gathered evidence, interviewed witnesses, talked with veterinarians, and reviewed applicable laws after hearing of the troubling case involving Kathy Sutter.
On Oct. 2, volunteers dug up the remains of several animals at the property that once served as the home of Sutter's Northwest Ohio Underdog Rescue. Days prior, the body of a dog once in Sutter's care, that she had reported missing, was found buried in the same yard.
On Wednesday, Willoughby said there is inconclusive evidence as to the cause of death of the animals, and no clear evidence or wrong-doing by Sutter, to support the filing of charges.
Prior to the discoveries, Sutter moved her rescue operation to Perrysburg. Humane Society officials from Lucas and Wood counties have said all animals currently in Sutter's care are in good condition.
Sutter has refused to comment to WNWO on the allegations waged against her.