Convicted Animal Abuser Devoured by Own Dogs

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9.26.13 - Abuser Eaten by Dogs

A Kentucky woman known for hoarding and abusing dogs is believed to have been consumed by her own wolf hybrids after she died.

Sixty-seven-year-old Patricia Ritz had been reported missing by neighbors, but foul play is not suspected. Though only her skull and jawbone were located, she likely became ill and died. Many of her 50 dogs looked starved, and fed on Ritz to survive.

Ritz’s history of animal cruelty dates back to at least 1986. She had been sentenced to a year of probation for an incident concerning 50 dogs in Indiana. She was just getting started. The next year She was convicted on five counts of animal abuse, and was ordered to not transport dogs into the state.

She was charged with animal cruelty five more times between then and 2003. In 1999 she was charged with cruelty to animals for “depriving the dogs of adequate food, water, space and health care.”

Local rescue group Adopt-a-Husky said 159 of the 184 dogs found were euthanized. She was allowed to keep 25 of the dogs, provided that she had they spayed or neutered, but the number of dogs continued to increase.

It’s very much an alternative lifestyle, but I don’t see what I’ve done wrong,” she said at the time, claiming that she did care for the dogs. “This is a Salem-style witch hunt.”

Ritz would feed her dogs deer bones that she had gotten from a nearby processor, leading to the additional charge of improper disposal of deer carcasses. The woman also sold deer skulls she had painted.

Twenty-seven of her dogs, including two adult females and puppies, were taken to a veterinary hospital. Twelve of the dogs have been taken in by the Ohio County Animal Shelter, and two are in foster homes. A few of the dogs are pregnant and are expected to deliver soon.

None of the dogs will be euthanized, but none will be available to adopt. (Perhaps because they are inbred wolves and may have unpredictable behavior?) They will instead be homed in rescue facilities and sanctuaries.

To donate for the care of the rescued wolf dogs, please call Wills Animal Hospital at 270-684-3201, or visit Roby’s Hybrid Wolf Fund.

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All photos taken by Roby’s Hybrid Wolf Fund.

0 thoughts on “Convicted Animal Abuser Devoured by Own Dogs”

  1. WELL, ONE LESS TO WORRY ABOUT, BUT, I HAVE TO ASK, WHY WAS A CONVICTED ANIMAL ABUSER, STILL ALLOWED TO HAVE ANIMALS ?
    ALSO, WHERE IS THE SENSE IN BREEDING *WOLF-DOGS*, SURELY, THAT ALONE, SHOULD HAVE CAUSED IMMEDIATE CONFISCATION OF HER ANIMALS & JAIL TIME
    FOR HER ?

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  2. She should have NEVER HAVE BEEN ALLOWED to keep any animals. It is upsetting
    to hear that she was allowed to do that. How many others are abusing their dogs
    right now because the were also allowed to by the law? Makes me sick to think about it. Tired of hearing of animals being abused. Even rescued animals are a great read,
    but why were they allowed to be hurt in the first place? Society and laws have a long
    way to go to protect the vulnerable.

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  3. It may only be stories but I’ve heard that wolf-dogs (although adorable) can be dangerous due to their wild wolf blood. How was she allowed to keep them??? Especially since she obviously couldn’t be trusted with simple domesticated dogs never mind wolf hybrids which require a lot more care!

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