37 Rescued Dogs Seized and Gassed by Brown County Dog Warden

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All that remains of 37 dogs rescued by Ruth Wilders is a scattered pile of empty crates left behind after Brown County dog warden Andrew Dunn seized and killed them in the shelter’s gas chamber.

Wilders has been picking up strays and bringing them to her 5.5 acre property outside of Ripley, Ohio for years, and according to county officials she has been visited by the dog warden in the past for concerns about the condition of her dogs. But according to the Ohio SPCA, Andrew Dunn illegally seized 37 dogs from Wilder’s property and had them immediately killed in a crude gas chamber at the shelter a couple of weeks ago.

“They told me they were going to kill them all,” Wilder told local reporters. “I’m angry but I’m afraid to say anything,” she said. The SPCA says the shelter’s gas box is inhumane, and has sent a letter to Dunn and Brown County commissioners demanding that they stop using it immediately.

Dunn was not available for interview, but has stated that the dogs were underweight, and that he believed that some of them had mange, a contagious condition that if treated, would not normally require a dog to be euthanized.

The Ohio SPCA demanded that the shelter provide all records for inspection. They say Wilder’s dogs were taken without a warrant, and marked as strays – which would have allowed Wilder 72 hours for the pets to be reclaimed. The SPCA says they are considering taking legal action against the county over the incident, and members of the local animal rescue community are outraged over what they consider the callous murder of 37 innocents.

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29 thoughts on “37 Rescued Dogs Seized and Gassed by Brown County Dog Warden”

    • In Shit Brown Co,the good ol’ boys do what they want,when they want and how.
      They haven’t started gassing people yet but they do have a lot of “unsolved” homicides.Some even happened in the local jail where the inmate hung himself.Amazing.

  1. It is pretty horrible when it is the animal shelter people that dogs need to fear the most. They are suppose to be the ones to help not to destroy. While we know that county shelters are not no-kill shelters, you would like to believe that they do everything possible to NOT kill the animals.

  2. Ok, if the warden was so concerned about the dogs where was the phone call to the humane society and the SPCA asking for additional resources? Also, I must have missed it but, when did the warden say that he ran lab tests to determine if the mange the dogs had was the contagious variety or the non contagious demodex? I worked as a veterinary surgical tech. for many years and we had to take skin samples and inspect them under a microscope before we could diagnose which type of mange was present. Ninety percent of the time it was demodex; totally treatable and non contagious. I appreciate that this little county, like many others across American are very limited on funding. But, there are countless shelters that want to help, god bless them for their tireless efforts on behalf of homeless animals. All I see here is a callous individual in a position of authority who didn’t care about the animals under his care. For him, it seems, this was a quick way to rid himself of a headache. By the way, was it only me or did anyone else notice how the media report seemed to be biased toward the warden? It seems as though their entire report was trying to generate tolerance toward the warden’s behavior as though he had no other options.

  3. Sounds like the Dog Warden is on a power trip. I hope the SPCA follows thru with their threat and removes him from his position. He is no friend of the animals. We should all politely contact the SPCA and ask them to remove Dunn and put someone in his position that is willing to work with rescuers.

  4. UNforgivable. The Warden clearly had some sort of personal ax to grind with the rescuer, and unfortunately the animals paid the ultimate price.
    He needs to lose his job AND the SPCA bring charges against the County. Change needs to happen, and it won’t if he remains employed there and if they don’t bring in the Law.

  5. This is not far from where I grew up. There have been many things coming to light recently about how corrupt the county governments in this particular region of Ohio are. It is absolutely maddening because unfortuntely, there probably won’t be much done about it. I hope I’m wrong.


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