2 dogs found starving in Hamilton adopted; previous owner charged

The owner of two emaciated dogs had his pre-trial hearing continued until later this month, according to court documents.

Brian Trauthwein, 42, of Franklin Street, is charged with two counts of animal cruelty.

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Trauthwein said he found the dogs, Porsche and Chloe, but further investigation indicated otherwise, according to detectives.

Both dogs, under the care of the Butler County Dog Warden’s office, gained weight and have been adopted, said Kurt Merbs, supervisor of the department run by the sheriff’s office.

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He said Porsche, a boxer, entered the shelter weighing 24 pounds and left four weeks later weighing 44 pounds. He was adopted at the end of April, Merbs said

Chloe, a pit bull, gained 16 pounds and left the shelter weighing 40 pounds. She was adopted last week, Merbs said.

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