Greene County woman charged after 21 dogs found in ‘unsanitary’ conditions

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A Greene County woman faces charges after nearly two dozen neglected dogs were found at her home.

Regina Rhudy is charged with aggravated cruelty to animals. The dogs were taken to the Greene County Animal Shelter and are in need of forever homes.

Court documents said 21 dogs were living in unsanitary conditions at her home on Jockey Road. Animal shelter executive director Amy Bowman said most of those dogs were in bad health.

“Two of the dogs were Saint Bernards and they were living in the attic area of the home. They didn’t have any food or water. It was full of waste and the dogs were severely malnourished,” Bowman said.

The two dogs are on the mend now. They are supposed to weigh nearly 150 pounds but only weighed around 60 pounds when they were rescued.

Seven of the dogs had to be euthanized, either because of their health or temperament.

According to court documents, 15 dogs were living inside Rhudy’s home in unsanitary conditions without food or water and six were living outside in waist-high grass without food or water.

Deputies charged Rhudy with aggravated cruelty to animals.

Some of the dogs are at the Greene County Animal Control, the rest are at the animal shelter. Some still need a little extra attention.

“Some of them don’t appear to have gotten enough socialization but we’re working with them on that. We’ve got good volunteers that come in and they’ll also continue to work with them and eventually we’ll find good homes for all of them,” Bowman said.

In the meantime, the shelter is not taking in any dogs until all of these are adopted.

“We’ll let them meet the dogs, we’ll talk to them a little bit about the adoption process make sure it’s a good match and hopefully it will be a good match and they will find a good home,” she said.

The shelter said because of the influx of dogs, it needs donations such as blankets, tarps, dog food and monetary donations.

Rhudy is out of jail on $10,000 bond. She is scheduled to appear in court again on July 11.

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