On April 4th, a man from Ohio was found guilty of animal abandonment when Humane Society authorities linked his name to the suitcase found containing six puppies. The suitcase belonged to a 53 year old man named Howard Davis. The suitcase was abandoned next to a Toledo alleyway garbage can. There were three male and three female puppies in the suitcase. They are estimated to be 3-4 weeks old which is far too young to be separated from their mother.
The mother of the puppies frantically scurrying around the suitcase. Witness and local resident Cyndi Condit was quoted by Reuters having said:
“Howard’s name was on the tag of the suitcase and the mother was licensed to him.”
Davis will be facing a charge of a second degree misdemeanor and a maximum sentence of 90 days in jail and a $750 fine if convicted.
Howard insists that the suitcase was stolen from him and that he gave the dogs to a friend in Michigan. The dogs are now in the Humane Society and will remain there, with their mother, over the next 4 weeks until eligible for adoption. The Humane Society’s executive director John Dinon stated:
“It’s unfortunate he chose to abandon the dogs. If he had just called us and said he couldn’t care for them, we would have taken them and he wouldn’t be charged with a crime.”
Little do these puppies know that they are evidence in this case against Mr. Davis and it’s all of the evidence that prosecutors will require to ensure a guilty verdict.
What are your thoughts on Howard Davis and his alleged abandonment of six adorable bulldog puppies which he sadly left in a suitcase?