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Rescued Cane Corsos from Lorain apartment sent to foster care (photos)

August 10, 2018

Rescued Cane Corsos from Lorain apartment sent to foster care (photos)

LORAIN, Ohio -- A Lorain Municipal Court judge said Friday that at least half of the 21 large dogs rescued from a hot, unventilated apartment last month can be placed into foster care.

The dogs have been kept at the Friendship APL in Elyria since their rescue on July 17.

Lorain Municipal Judge Mark Mihok  issued the order at a pre-trial hearing after Lorain Patrolman Rich Broz testified that the dogs “filled up half the cages in the shelter” and severely strapped the shelter staff. 

Cornelius Charlton and Lauren Souris, both of Amherst, and operators of Kevlar Kennels are charged with 21 counts of cruelty to a companion animal. Twenty of the dogs are Cane Corsos, a breed that could weigh up to 125 pounds. The last was a Brazilian mastiff dog, also a large breed. 

Jack Bradley, lawyer for the couple, had no objection to the arrangement, provided the dogs remain in Ohio.

Broz said the dogs could be moved to foster homes this weekend with the help of the Must Love Corsos rescue group.

Prosecutor Mallory Santiago said additional dogs could be moved to foster homes as soon as arrangements could be made with the approval of the judge and Bradley.

“The first ones sent out are the older dogs and those that are not doing well in cages,” she said. “It was a priority to get them into foster care.”

About two dozen people from as far away as Columbus demonstrated outside the courthouse before the hearing with signs that demand “Justice for 21 abandoned dogs,” and “An eye for an eye.”

“We want justice for these dogs,” said Pat Fogo, of Sheffield Lake. “We also want to make sure those people never get their dogs back.”

At an earlier hearing, Broz testified that he and the county humane officer entered the apartment on East 28th St. after complaint of strong odors and barking dogs coming from the building.

“Inside it was extremely hot, it was 95 degrees outside,” he testified. “There was no ventilation at all. I would hate to think how hot it was in there during the recent heat wave. The stench of dog urine and feces was overpowering and there were flies everywhere.”

The building is a former dry cleaner and is not licensed to be a kennel, prosecutors said.

APL officials testified earlier that the dogs had skin problems caused by fleas that included fur loss. Other dogs had problems with their eyes or ears.

Charlton and Souris left the courtroom Friday without talking to reporters.

The next hearing in the case will be Sept. 9.

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