Hamilton owner of emaciated dogs appears in court

The owner of two emaciated dogs was arraigned Monday on two counts of animal cruelty.

Brian Trauthwein, 42, of Franklin Street, appeared in Hamilton Municipal Court Monday, where Judge Dan Gattermeyer set bond at $7,500. He was arrested Friday night after an investigation by the Butler County Sheriff’s Office.

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

The two dogs are female and appear to be older. One of the two appears to be extremely malnourished. They were found Thursday in the 1000 Block of Franklin Street in Hamilton.

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“These dogs are safe at the Humane Society and are receiving medical treatment, but they have a long way to go,” the dog warden posted to Facebook.

One of the dogs needs timed feeding and monitoring and is receiving special treatment and care at the home of a deputy dog warden, the post said.

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