Middletown woman facing charges after 6 dogs reported fighting, found in poor conditions

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Middletown Division of Police

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A report about dogs fighting led Middletown police to a residence in the 3200 block of Finley Street, where six dogs were allegedly found in improper confinement and tethering.

Police went to the residence on Aug. 9 and found six dogs — four of them inside a kennel, one tied to the back porch and one with injuries. The city’s animal control officer was not available to check the residence.

Police Chief Rodney Muterspaw said officers went to the residence the next day but the mixed-breed dogs had been removed by a third party before they arrived.

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“Our concern was for the safety of the dogs,” Muterspaw said. “The dogs were fighting each other.”

He said they were “beautiful dogs.”

Police located the owner of the dogs on Aug. 12, and the case was referred to the Middletown city prosecutor’s office.

After consulting with the city prosecutor, police issued a summons to Tamara L. Osmon on Wednesday for six counts of failure to register dogs, four counts of improper confinement enclosures and one count improper confinement chaining/tethering.

She is scheduled to appear at 8:30 a.m. Aug. 28 in Middletown Municipal Court.

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“Our stance is we don’t think those dogs should go back to the owner,” Muterspaw said. “If they want them back they can handle it as a civil matter.”

Muterspaw said the reason why animal cruelty charges were not filed is because the prosecutor and animal experts felt these charges would be more successful in court.

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