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Rural Archbold Woman Charged With 14 Animal Cruelty Counts

Mary Chase, 64, rural Archbold, faces 14 counts of animal cruelty after a total of 50 cats were taken from two residences.

Brian Banister, Fulton County dog warden, said he was originally notified of the case by the Fulton County Health Department.

Banister, along with a health department representative and a representative of the Wauseon Building, Housing, and Zoning Department, met at a mobile home where Chase was staying on Thursday Sept. 11.

Banister said 14 live cats and one dead cat were removed from the residence.

Banister was then called to a home north of Archbold on Co. Rd. F on Friday, Sept. 19, where 35 more cats were removed.

Chase was arraigned in Western District Court on Tuesday, Sept. 23.

Jeffrey L. Robinson, Western District Court judge, ordered the dog warden to hold the cats until the case was resolved.

Banister said Robinson also ordered that a veterinarian examine the animals and euthanize any in poor health.

As of Friday, Banister said he was holding about 35 cats in converted dog kennels.

A pre-trial hearing in the case is set for Friday, Oct. 3.

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