LOGAN – A Laurelville area couple are facing two felony counts each of cruelty to companion animals, after authorities searched their state Route 180 property in January and seized over 40 animals as well as a number of weapons.

Bobby and Tracey Fox, aged 51 and 52 respectively, were indicted in Hocking County Common Pleas Court on Monday; the charges against them are fifth-degree felonies.

As previously reported in The Logan Daily News, on Jan. 21 the Hocking County Sheriff’s Office received a complaint of animal neglect and cruelty at the Foxes’ home. After investigating, the department obtained a search warrant, which it served on Jan. 22, accompanied by an official of the Hocking Hocking Health Department, an agent from the humane society and five humane society volunteers. During the search officers allegedly found a number of dogs without food or water both inside and outside the residence.

Authorities seized 42 dogs, 25 of them puppies. Deputies also found an estimated 80 to 120 pigeons, two cows and several chickens, one of which was alive, but frozen to the ground. An incident report said five canines inside the home were found in wire crates not large enough for the dog to turn around.

Officers also seized five cultivated marijuana plants and three bags of marijuana, as well as three guns: a Remington 760, a Hatfield shotgun and a Winchester AR-15.

In an apparently unrelated animal cruelty case, on March 12 a Logan man, Brandon J. Smith, was indicted on two counts of cruelty to companion animals. The indictment alleges that in February Smith failed to provide food and water to a male and a female dog, both pit-bull mix breeds, resulting in the dogs’ starving to death.

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