Dogs, guinea pigs left behind with note in Cleveland home

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CLEVELAND--  A chocolate-colored medium mix dog hides in the back of its cage at the Cleveland Kennel, while city humane workers and officials at the Cleveland Animal Protective League try to determine what will happen to him and the four others that were found abandoned in a West 43rd  Street house on Monday.

The dogs and two guinea pigs were found inside the house by the  APL. Officials at the APL say the animals had been left alone for several days.  A note was located inside the house,  which said the owners could no longer care for them.

Right now, three of the dogs and the guinea pigs are at the APL, while the other two dogs are being housed at the kennel.  The animals have nail and skin issues, officials said.

A humane officer says he believes the animals had been kept inside and had little contact with humans.

“At least two of these dogs are so extremely fearful, they won’t go on leashes. They cringe in the back of their cages. It is just so sad,” said Jed Mignano, a humane officer with the APL.

One of the dogs, which APL workers named Brittany Ears, is more friendly than the others but officials say she will need more training before she can be adopted.

“These dogs are terrified,” said Sharon Harvey, president and CEO of the Cleveland APL. “They have probably never seen the outside of that house, probably not even the rooms of that house; so we are going to work with them to see if we can teach them to trust people and to enjoy life.”

No criminal charges have been filed.

The APL is investigating and trying to determine how this happened.

“People need to reach out more and try to find a way to get the animals situated before they take the drastic move to just walk away from the animals,” Mignano said.

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