Dog dies in Ohio prison participation program, group says
MIDDLETOWN, Ohio — A dog participating in a prison program has died, reportedly from blunt trauma, resulting in the animal rescue operation in charge of the dogs saying it will end the program.
Joseph’s Legacy announced the death of the dog, Evie, in a statement on its Facebook page.
Evie was part of a program at the Warren Correctional Institution in Lebanon, Ohio, in which some inmates are allowed to train rescue animals. The program is closely monitored by prison staff, the group says.
But after Evie apparently was killed, the group says it will no longer allow dogs to go to the prison.
“I was very angry, very upset. I bawled. I couldn’t understand,” Katherine Hartung of Joseph’s Legacy tells WLWT Channel 5.
The group says the dog was found unresponsive in a cell and a necropsy revealed it had died from blunt force trauma to the abdomen, which caused the liver to hemorrhage. Evie’s kidney also was damaged.
“We got a nasty person if you can even call them a person,” Joseph’s Legacy president Meg Melampy tells Fox19. “And I can’t even believe, you know, I mean she’s an amazing dog ... you know, not that it’s ever OK, but Evie? I mean she was so sweet.”
Reports say officials with the Ohio Department of Corrections have not commented on the incident, which remains under investigation.