CLEVELAND, OH – A man facing more than 20 animal cruelty charges has plead not guilty.
Jon Ferrante, of Parma Heights, is accused of hoarding 33 Shih Tzus in his home.
They’ve since been rescued and taken to the Cleveland Animal Protective League where they are doing much better.
When they first got there last month, they were covered in their own filth and their hair was badly matted.
They also needed medical attention.
Cleveland APL’s Executive Director Sharon Harvey said one dog did not survive, but a majority of them have since been adopted and the remaining 11 have been “spoken for.”
Sadly, this case is just one of many the shelter is handling and she hopes people remember that when they consider adopting.
"These dogs generated so much interest. Nearly 400 applications. If even a quarter of those people would consider another dog, we would be able to empty our kennels,” she said.
She said even if they don’t have the kind of dog someone is looking for, they should think about visiting another shelter or humane society in the area.
Ferrante has a pre-trial hearing in June.
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