By Rona Proudfoot, The Chronicle-Telegram
Lorain police seized a severely underweight dog from “deplorable conditions” at a West 23rd Street home yesterday afternoon, according to a police report. Friendship Animal Protective League Humane Officer Denise Willis, who said she was taking the dog to the Lorain Animal Clinic this morning, said it weighed about 45 pounds — half of what it should.
She said the dog might be a pit bull, an American bulldog or possibly a mix.
According to a police report, officers requested a summons be issued for Amy Funk for cruelty to animals. Willis said Funk is the girlfriend of the dog’s owner, Windsor Terlonge, who is in jail right now.
According to the police report, officers found the residence at 1514 W. 23rd St. in deplorable conditions: “foul smell, roaches, ants, flies, clothing thrown about the residence.”
The report said “Every room of the house was disgusting and unclean, dishes left on the stove and sink with old food in them. The backyard is overgrown with weeds, some as high as six foot over privacy fence.”
Willis described the dog, which she didn’t know of a name for, as “pretty energetic” but very underweight.
She said his availability for adoption will rest on “deciding what he is” — if he’s pit bull that will limit his adoption options, and the APL will attempt to place him with a rescue group, she said.
He won’t be available for at least a month, she said, as the APL tries to get him up to a healthy weight.
“Right now, we’re feeding him small amounts five times a day,” she said.
Willis said she’s been to the West 23rd Street home before, but the dog’s owners brushed complaints off as a neighbor dispute.
According to the police report, the Health Departmen, Lorain County Children Services and the Lorain County Dog Warden were notified. It was not clear from the report whether children resided at the home.