Shelter Dog Beaten to Death in Ohio Prison
OHIO — September 7, 2018
Inmates at a Correctional Institution in Ohio beat a rescue dog to death, leading to the animal rescue group pulling its animals from a program that paired inmates with shelter dogs. The state is investigating the details.
Evie, a German Shepherd mix, was found unresponsive in a cell last month, according to a Facebook post from Joseph's Legacy Rescue, an animal rescue group in Middletown. Veterinarians said that a necropsy on Evie showed she died of blunt force trauma to her abdomen, which damaged her kidneys and caused her liver to hemorrhage.
"We will have more results in about 3-4 weeks. We have to get justice for Evie. The state authorities are in charge of the investigation," the Facebook post said.
Joseph's Legacy Rescue has immediately pulled its other dogs out of the prison program.
"We're all undeniably angered and overwhelmingly upset," the Facebook post said. "We have removed all our dogs from this program and (they) will not return."
Three other dogs had been at Warren Correctional Institution in Lebanon, Ohio. They were part of a year-old program there where "trusted inmates" worked with shelter dogs to teach them discipline, while the inmates learned compassion for animals, WCPO in Cincinnati reported.
Evie had been with Joseph's Legacy Rescue since 2015 after she was hit by a car and left with a broken hip, the rescue group said. She prospered after recovering from hip surgery and seemed close to being ready for adoption.
"She had her happily-ever-after, we thought," Meg Melampy, president of Joseph's Legacy Rescue, told CNN affiliate WKRC in Cincinnati.
Joseph's Legacy Rescue wants charges filed against whoever is responsible for Evie's death, and wants Ohio's correctional system to make sure rescue dogs don't end up in the same space as violent inmates.
"Evie was an extremely sweet dog who had so much more life, happy moments and years ahead of her. Our volunteers are hurting so deeply. Confused how such an amazing happy dog can be intentionally harmed," said in a statement.
"I can't imagine she's not here anymore," Katherine Hurting, who had fostered Evie, said. "To some folks, these dogs might not have much meaning. To a lot of folks, these are family members."