28 dogs seized at home


County officials report that all of the dogs are generally healthy and are adoptable. (Noelle Steele/Daily Reporter)

GREENFIELD — Three people have been charged with neglect in an animal cruelty case that resulted in 28 dogs being removed from a Hancock County home.

Officers came to the home in the 2800 block of West U.S. 40 last week to serve an arrest warrant on a man who was believed to be living there. He was not at home, but officers who responded said they couldn’t help but notice the living conditions inside and the number of animals.

The family’s 28 dogs, which were kept in the house, as well as in two outbuildings and a camper outside, were filthy, and several of the dogs appeared underfed, said Jeff Leffel, director of Greenfield-Hancock County Animal Management.

County ordinance prohibits a family from having more than five dogs on the property without a kennel permit.

The family said money was tight, and the situation had just gotten out of hand, Leffel said.

Husband and wife James and Sherry Emerick, as well as their son, Jammie Emerick, were charged with a misdemeanor count of neglect of a vertebrate animal Thursday in Hancock County Superior Court 2, according to court documents.

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