Dog warden called to probe conditions of pets

From local reports

On Wednesday, Sgt. Kelly McGilton, dog warden for the Washington County Sheriff’s Office, responded to 8500 and 8490 Dalzell Road, Lower Salem where another deputy reported several emaciated dogs observed chained outside on the property. McGilton requested summons for Christopher Krueger, 36, and Roberta De La Cruz, 36, for five counts of failing to register five dogs on the property, and seven counts of cruelty against a companion animal. A notice of seizure was posted on the property, which listed hearing scheduled for Monday at 1 p.m.

A female Boxer mixed breed was chained and lying on the ground curled in a ball with no shelter, food or water and was noted to be extremely emaciated with ribs, backbone and hip bones protruding. The first dog appeared to have mange, was missing fur, skin was extremely red, with lesions, and hot to the touch. The dog appeared dehydrated, weak and had difficulty standing up. A veterinarian examined the dog and it received 2 of 9 on body condition with possible stunted growth.

The second dog, a male Boxer mixed breed, was chained to the ground and sought shelter under an old broken recliner. The dog’s chain was wrapped around the clutter on the ground and tangled, preventing him from moving freely. He was emaciated with his back bone, hip bones and ribs protruding. The dog also appeared to have demodectic mange, and dehydration, although a small plastic container on the ground contained green/brown water. A veterinarian gave the dog 2 of 9 on body condition and C on muscle condition, with possible stunted growth.

The third dog, a male Boxer/Pitbull mixed breed, was chained at the rear of the property with a dog house for shelter and two containers. The dog was thin with his ribs, backbone and hip bones protruding, and appearing dehydrated. The animal was assessed by a veterinarian and scored 3 of 9 on body condition and B on muscle condition.

The fourth dog, a male Boxer mixed breed, was tied around the side of the residence, with a dog house, with no food and/or water. Two containers/bucket(s) were nearby, however both were dry and empty. The dog was emaciated with his ribs, backbone and hip bones protruding. he attempted to eat garbage scattered on the property as he was being led off the property. The animal showed signs of being dehydrated and was scored by a veterinarian, scoring 3 of 9 on body condition and B on muscle condition.

The fifth dog, a brown Pitbull mixed breed, had a chain wrapped around its neck, while it was chained to a tire in the front yard. A dog house was nearby for shelter and with two containers in the area, one with green/brown water. The dog appeared to be in good body condition, scoring 4.5 on body condition, which is ideal for the dog’s bodyweight. The animal was removed from the property for lack of registration.

The sixth dog, a Chow mixed breed, was chained to a tree near the side of the residence with a plywood box for shelter and a five gallon bucket in the area, containing a small amount of green/brown water. The Chow had very thick medium length fur. Sgt. McGilton was able to determine the Chow was emaciated through the fur. The animal’s ribs, back bone and hip bones were protruding and was assessed by the veterinarian and scored 3 of 9 on body condition, and B on muscle condition. The Chow was wearing a valid 2018 registration tag.