Police were called just after 11:45 a.m. Monday to investigate a report of three malnourished dogs, who belong to Dwana Smith, running around in the area of West 8th Street and Lovett Place, according to a police report.
The three dogs were found running around and tearing into trash bags, eating what garbage they could find, the report says. The dogs also were fighting over the scraps, the report says.
The dogs were filthy and the two female dogs had blood on their fur and minor bite wounds from fighting over food, police say. All three of the dogs' ribs and pelvis bones were showing.
None of the dogs had collars or tags. Police noted the dogs were friendly and not aggressive to each other when food wasn't around.
The person who called about the incident pointed police to an open back door in the 800 block of Lovett Place.
The landing was covered in insulation, wires and other building materials as if the dogs clawed the walls to get out, the officer noted in the report.
Police have been to this home before over tethering complaints of these same dogs, the report says.
The dogs were taken to the Friendship Animal Protective League, the report says.
Smith used the excuse that she "is a single mother and is suffering financially", the report says. She also was in a support boot and unable to get around. Her children are too young to help, the report says.
A friend of Smith's had been taking care of the dogs, but no longer does, the report says.
Police are asking the court to consider her situation and willingness to surrender the dogs.
(Cleveland.com - Jan 26, 2017)