West Side couple accused of animal cruelty

From staff reports

A Marietta man and woman will be summonsed for animal cruelty after five dogs were confiscated from their home Friday.

Responding to a complaint at the home of Bob Hasley, 53, and Luci Yoho, 45, both of 400 Clinton St., Washington County Dog Warden Deputy Kelly McGilton immediately came upon an outside dog tangled in its leash and with no access to shelter.

“I threw this dog a treat to gauge how aggressive she was. The treat sort of bounced and rolled away and she (began to hang) herself trying to get to the treat. She was so hungry she was willing to die for that one piece of food,” said McGilton.

Also outside without proper bedding or respite from the weather were three puppies, approximately 4-months-old and also malnourished, said McGilton.

Inside, a chihuahua was found with some of its hair falling out.

“All these conditions were caused by starvation. The vet confirmed that,” she said.

Hasley had previously had two dogs taken from his home nearly two years ago, said McGilton.

“He surrendered those dogs and requested not to be fined or charged,” she said.

McGilton later responded to a report of a dog with a severe case of fleas. Hasley agreed to treat the dog and was allowed to keep it, she said.

In addition to being malnourished, none of the dogs were registered.

Hasley and Yoho will each be charged with a count of cruelty to animals and a count of failure to register a dog.

Cruelty to animals is a second-degree misdemeanor-punishable by a maximum of 90 days in jail and a $750 fine. Failure to register is a minor misdemeanor-punishable by a $150 fine.

The dogs, which are being housed by the Humane Society of the Ohio Valley, are expected to fully recover and will later be available for adoption, said McGilton.