Abandoned dogs could spell serious charges for owners

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Animal cruelty charges in the works for owners of abandoned dogs. (Photo from Reno County Sheriff's Office.)

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Reno County, Kansas -- Three dogs were left on the side of the road this week just outside Hutchinson. Reno County Sheriff’s officers got involved. And they say they have identified the owners.

“We don’t have animal control for the county,” explains Captain Wayne Baughman with the Sheriff’s Department. “Many of the cities do, but we do not. Still, we see abandoned dogs from time to time and we are taking a stand. We will go after charges by presenting this case to the district attorney.”

Baughman says it was a farmer that found the dogs. He called authorities. Officers found shelter for the dogs.

When sheriff’s officers responded to the call, they found the dogs in their kennel.

“The kennel was there and the dogs were there,” explains Baughman. “This particular case here they left them out in this kennel and left the gate open and did leave some water there. But that doesn’t relieve you of your responsibility when you are a pet owner. “

Baughman says they are still wanting to talk with a couple of other suspects, and they thank the public for their help in finding the owners.

The dogs are now up for adoption.

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