December 22, 2014

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Warrant issued over abandoned dogs

LORAIN — A warrant has been issued for a man police say abandoned his three dogs at a West 21st Street home last week.

James Eucker, 42, will be charged with abandoning animals, cruelty to animals-dog at large and not having tags for the dogs, according to police.

Police were called to the home after a neighbor became concerned for the well-being of the dogs, one of which escaped past a backyard fence and was roaming the neighborhood.

That dog was spotted by an officer as he was conducting an investigation Sunday night leaving an open shed in the driveway of the home and walking toward the officer. The dog was malnourished, according to a report of the incident, and had bleeding sores on both of its ears.

Police said another dog was spotted in the backyard and another inside the home in the kitchen with a window open. Dog feces and urine were on the floor and a foul odor was coming from the home, according to police. Neighbors said Eucker left the home at least a week ago.