A 4-year-old female German Shepherd-Elkhound mixed breed, Evie died Aug. 25 from “blunt force trauma to her abdomen, causing her liver to hemorrhage, and her kidney was also damaged,” according to Joseph’s Legacy.
Joseph’s Legcy said it has discontinued the progam at the prison in the aftermath and were awaiting the findings of the hhighway patrol investigation.
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“They have told us they are taking it very seriously,” Meg Melampy, president and founder of Joseph’s Legacy, said this morning. “We are all trying to get through this one day at a time.”
Melampy said theirs was the only such program at the prison on Ohio 63, near the Miami Valley Gaming racino.
“The animal training programs within our facilities have proven to be an effective and meaningful activity for over 20 years, and we have absolutely zero tolerance for any type of abuse of the animals who are part of these programs,” Smith said in her statement.