Police: 2 Arrested after animals found living in horrible conditions

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GRAFTON TOWNSHIP, Ohio – Two men have been arrested after animals in their care were discovered living in horrible conditions.

According to the Lorain County Sheriff, several animals were found dead and others dying at a farm on State Route 303. When deputies arrived they found animal feces piled up at least four feet tall in the stalls, and there was liquid feces flowing through the walkway of the barn.

Deputies found the carcass of a sheep inside the barn, along with a very thin horse that may need to be euthanized due to its poor health.

Several other horses were found, and were taken to a safe haven for horses.

Mahmoud Abukhalil and Richard Newton were at the farm when deputies arrived. Newton told authorities that he was in charge of the animal’s care. Both men were arrested for obstructing official business and animal cruelty.

The men were taken to the Lorain County Jail, but have since been released on bond.