HUNTINGTON TWP. — A Huntington Township man has been charged with nine counts of animal cruelty after sheriff’s deputies discovered a pen full of neglected alpacas at his state Route 58 farm last month, deputies said.
Dan Dailey, 41, was charged with nine counts of animal cruelty because deputies found two dead alpacas and squalid living conditions for five neglected alpacas and two dogs at the Huntington Township property he rented on May 28, a deputy’s report said.
Sheriff’s Capt. Rich Resendez said deputies are having trouble contacting Dailey, so Oberlin Municipal Court likely will issue a warrant for his arrest in the coming days.
“(Deputies) have since left several voice messages with Mr. Dailey to make contact so that these charges could be served and summons issued,” said a deputy’s June 28 report.
“It is believed that Mr. Dailey is avoiding (deputies) in hopes that he will not have to appear on the charges.”
Daily is a registered sex offender and uses the Huntington Township farmhouse as his address, according to the state’s sex offender database.
Deputies were called to the farmhouse after the woman who owns the property discovered the neglected animals while attempting to evict Dailey and his family, a deputy’s report said.
Sheriff’s deputies arrived that evening to discover five alpacas living without food or water in a cramped, feces-laden pen inside a garage, the report said, adding that the animals had very little room to move and their toenails had almost grown together.
Two dogs infested with fleas were also found roaming the yard that day, when temperatures approached 90 degrees. A dog warden seized the animals, which were underweight, while the living alpacas were placed at another alpaca farm in Lorain County, Resendez said.
Deputies that day also discovered the charred remains of two dead alpacas on a burn pile behind the garage, animals Dailey said died from illness, the report said.
Deputies didn’t charge Dailey until late last month, when Oberlin Municipal Court prosecutors approved the charges.
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