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Akron's Humane Society is overwhelmed by scores of pets, 43 of them dogs, taken from Coventry home

By jim Published: May 20, 2011
These dogs are part of about 100 animals and birds rescued from a hme in Coventry Township home and are now receiving treatment at Pawsibilities Humane Society of Greater Akron. (Michael Chritton/Akron Beacon Journal)

By Phil Trexler
Beacon Journal staff writer

TWINSBURG TWP.: County humane officials say their resources are being stretched after they seized more than 100 animals last week from a Coventry Township home.

Authorities say they took 43 dogs, 25 birds and an assortment of cats, ferrets, iguanas and rodents from a Jarvis Road residence.

Karen Hackenberry, executive director of the Humane Society of Greater Akron, would not discuss the ongoing animal cruelty case, which involves a resident hoarding large numbers of animals.

Authorities are investigating potential charges, she said.

Summit County Animal Control along with rescue workers from Paws and Prayers and One of a Kind Pets assisted in removing the animals.

''It's a complex issue. Right now, our focus is on taking care of the animals,'' Hackenberry said.

Caring for such a large number of animals is overwhelming the Humane Society's resources, she said. Before seizing the animals from the Jarvis Road home, the society was housing about 200 animals. It now has more than 300.

The shelter, which relies on paid staff members and volunteers, needs donations of cash and supplies at its Darrow Road facility in Twinsburg Township.

''We can use all the help we can get when something like this happens,'' Hackenberry said. ''We're really taxing our resources.''

Shelter workers are assessing the medical needs of the Jarvis Road animals with the goal of offering the pets for adoption.

''We certainly hope we're able to find good homes,'' she said.

To contact the society, call 330-487-0333. The facility is located at 7996 Darrow Road, Twinsburg, 44087.

Phil Trexler can be reached at 330-996-3717 or

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