DAYTON — A Dayton man is facing multiple charges, including animal cruelty, after he is accused of abandoning a dog and her puppies last month at the Montgomery County Animal Resource Center.
Rufus Hutcherson, Jr., 70, is facing the following charges: two counts of cruelty to animals, five counts of abandoning animals, and one count each of failure to restrain a dog, failure to license a dog, and furnishing false information.
Vandalia Municipal Court online records indicate a warrant was issued for Hutcherson on Friday, August 4. Montgomery County Jail records do not show Hutcherson being in custody at press time.
Hutcherson is accused of abandoning the animals on July 20. Security cameras showed the man getting out of the driver side with a child and an adult dog, and placing a plastic bin containing four puppies near the front door of the ARC.
No food or water was left with the dogs and the adult was not restrained in any way. The person was seen “telling” the dog to stay and subsequently kicked the dog prior to leaving.
Officers were able to capture the mother and recover the puppies, one of which passed away a short time later.
Hutcherson was identified through photos released to the media and came to the ARC to be interviewed by investigators five days later. He admitted to owning the dog. He told investigators that the mother had 10 puppies, six of which died before he abandoned the surviving puppies. He claimed he was unable to find anyone at the shelter.
Animal Resource Center officials stress that they have many options for pet owners who cannot care for their pets which include fee waivers, community service, and IOUs. They cannot be offered when owners abandon their pets, however.
Cruelty, abandonment, failure to license, failure to restrain and furnishing false information are all criminal offenses under the Ohio Revised Code.
Reach Darrell Wacker at 937-684-8983 or on Twitter @VandaliaDrummer.