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Charges filed against woman accused of abusing Great Danes

Charges were filed today against a Valley Township woman who is accused of abusing 12 Great Dane dogs in her Yockey Road home.

State police filed animal cruelty charges against Barbara L. Grey, 50.

The dogs were found Tuesday by a humane officer who removed the them. Three were dead and nine were placed in veterinary care.

Police responded Saturday to a 911 hang up call at the Yockey Road home and saw the dogs inside and contacted the humane officer.

"We seized all of the animals and took the surviving ones to a local veterinarian," said Penny Dewoehrel, president, humane officer and cruelty investigator for All American Ponies, Inc., of Parker, a nonprofit organization that protects animals from abuse and neglect.

State police in East Franklin said that when they arrived they determined that the hang-up occurred due to poor weather conditions. They said they also discovered that the owner of the residence was not at home.

While attempting to make contact with the owner, it was discovered that about 10 Great Danes were in the residence and appeared to be in bad health, police said.

Police said they called the Humane Society on Sunday to investigate.

Tuesday, Dewoehrel filed an application in the district court of District Judge Samuel Goldstrohm for a search warrant.

According to court documents, Dewoehrel was contacted by state police regarding a number of emaciated Great Dane dogs that were being housed in deplorable conditions. The trooper told Dewoehrel that the dogs were living in feces and urine- infested conditions.

A notice was left at the home by police requesting the property owner contact state police within 24 hours regarding the dogs. Police were not contacted, according to Dewoehrel.

Dewoehrel said that when she went to the home with a search warrant she found the dogs in poor condition.

"If the dogs are not cared for immediately they will definitely die," said Dewoehrel in getting the search warrant.

Dewoehrel said the surviving dogs will need homes. Anyone wanting to adopt the dogs, or to donate to or find out more about All American Ponies, Inc. can contact the agency at http://aapi.tripod.com/ .The home is in an isolated area and a metal gate blocks the private road.

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