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***Please note!  Adopt a Husky had this website up in 2003 to try and bring attention to the animal cruelty trial of Pat Ritz of that same year.   Adopt a Husky is not involved in the current impound situation in Ohio County, Kentucky in any way.  Please contact the Ohio County Animal Control for any information on that impound.***

 

Your Immediate Action Can Help Stop This Abuse from Happening Again!!

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In 2002, Adopt A Husky took in 17 Siberian puppies from a cruelty impound in Kentucky.  The dogs were only part of a group of impounded dogs owned by a woman named Pat Ritz.  The puppies that Adopt A Husky received were loaded with parasites such as ticks, roundworm, tapeworm, and coccidia and most had socialization issues.  One puppy had over 40 ticks on it. Most of the other adult dogs that were impounded at the same time had to be euthanized.

Ms. Ritz has a history of animal cruelty, mostly with Siberian Huskies (documented below), and we have just learned that Ms. Ritz has once more had 34 dogs impounded in Kentucky.  The trial date is September 23, 2003 and we need your help to ask the media to spotlight  this abuse and to help stop it from repeating itself again.  

Pat Ritz's background:

June 1986, 50 dogs, found guilty of Cruelty to Animals in Posey County, Indiana, given 1 yr probation

May 1987, 33 dogs, found guilty of 5 counts of Animal Abuse in Evansville, IN, given 2 yrs probation and allowed no dogs in Indiana

February 1991, 7 dogs found in a car unattended.  Charges dropped in April 1991 if Ms. Ritz promised not to bring dogs into Indiana anymore.

July 1997, 120 dogs, found guilty of second degree cruelty in Greenville, KY

May 1999, 184 dogs, 1 count animal cruelty, 159 euthanized.  Allowed to keep 25 provided she spayed/neutered.

February 2002, 38 dogs, found guilty of second degree cruelty to animals, sentence suspended for 2 years, she could keep no dogs and had to leave the county

May 2003, 34+ dogs, trial date June 23, 2003.  All of the dogs with the exception of a very few have already been euthanized because of the poor temperaments and health problems.

What you can do:   
Please write any media contacts (or send the sample letter below to the listed email addresses) and ask for them to run a story on this abuse and ask them to help put a stop to it!


Dear News Office,

I am requesting your help to provide media coverage on an animal abuse case in Ohio County, Kentucky.

On August 21st, Ms. Pat Ritz will go to trial on 40 counts of Animal Cruelty in Ohio County in Judge John McCarty court.  The authorities seized the dogs, all Siberian Huskies, and determined that most of them had severe and irreversible behavioral and/or physical conditions that required them to be immediately euthanized by court order.

This is Ms. Ritzís 6th arrest for Animal Cruelty or Animal Abuse.  She has been convicted of either Animal Cruelty or Animal Abuse five times already, beginning in 1986 (see below)  In total, she has had over 430 dogs impounded over the course of her arrests, most of them Siberian Huskies.  The conditions these dogs were kept in were horrible.  There was little food or clean water, puppies were born in pens with other adult dogs who killed them, dogs had mange, ear infections, skin infections from being covered in ticks, and there was no veterinary care.  The majority of the impounded dogs were euthanized.

Over the years, the various counties have spent thousands of dollars on Pat Ritzí dogs.  The dogs were impounded, had to be held at county expense, and where necessary given appropriate veterinary care, and often then euthanized.

We need any media attention that you can focus on this case to make the public aware of this ongoing abusive situation, so that they too might voice their concerns to the prosecutor and judge in the case and stop Ms. Ritz permanently.  Our goal is to make sure Ms. Ritz never again breeds a dog destined for disease and euthanasia.  We would appreciate whatever help you can give to help us achieve this goal.

For more information please contact:

Adopt A Husky:   adopt@adoptahusky.com
Kim Pennington Ė Muhlenberg City Animal Control: 270-338-6940

Trial Date:  September 23, 2003
Judge: John McCarty, Ohio County
Prosecutor:  Greg Hill, ph: 270-298-3335

Pat Ritzí Background:

June 1986, 50 dogs, found guilty of Cruelty to Animals in Posey County, Indiana, given 1 yr probation

May 1987, 33 dogs, found guilty of 5 counts of Animal Abuse in Evansville, IN, given 2 yrs probation and allowed no dogs in Indiana

February 1991, 7 dogs found in a car unattended.  Charges dropped in April 1991 if Ms. Ritz promised not to bring dogs into Indiana anymore.

July 1997, 120 dogs, found guilty of second degree cruelty in Greenville, KY

May 1999, 184 dogs, 1 count animal cruelty, 159 euthanized.  Allowed to keep 25 provided she spayed/neutered.

February 2002, 38 dogs, found guilty of second degree cruelty to animals, sentence suspended for 2 years, she could keep no dogs and had to leave the county

May 2003, 34+ dogs, trial date June 23, 2003.  All of the dogs with the exception of a very few have already been euthanized because of the poor temperaments and health problems.

Various News Media Contacts

36OnYourSide@wtvq.com
 vdortch@theLouisvilleChannel.com
dHoffman@ket.org
john.preston@wbko.com
news@wkag.com
wlextv@wlextv.com
assign@whas-tv.com
news@fox41.com
kwilkison@courier-journal.com
rseay@wave3tv.com
sgallaway@14WFIE.com
diane.bailey@wymtnews.com
newswatch@foxnews.com
Studiob@foxnews.com
crierlive@courttv.com

 

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