DONNELSVILLE, Ohio (WDTN) - We know his name from an investigation that's spanned more than three weeks. Jeff Burgess is the owner of the "One More Chance" shelters, with facilities in Piqua and Clark County. Investigators have removed more than 500 dogs, some of them dead, from the shelters this month, but one man claims Burgess's problems date back years.
Jeff Muncy of Donnelsville said Burgess approached him in 2002 about renting the old farm house and barns on Muncy's farm.
"Myself being a dog enthusiast and him being an animal rescue, I was very enthusiastic about that," said Muncy.
But Muncy said that as time went on, the condition of his properties deteriorated, and he became concerned.
"Unfortunately because of the way the lease was we couldn't figure out a way to terminate the agreement," Muncy said.
Relief came in 2006, when Muncy said Burgess could no longer pay his rent. Muncy began the process of eviction that fall, and once Burgess was out, Muncy had a chance to see what he left behind.
"We had everything from just filth, we had one entire section of the barn that was just stuffed with empty dog food bags. We had a mountain of dog waste, of shavings and dog waste I'd say probably 40 to 50 ... dump truck loads," said Muncy.
Pallets of dog food were left to rot and toys and crates were left behind.
"We lost count after a couple hundred rats," Muncy said. "Once we assessed all the damages it was pretty obvious that we were going to have to pursue civil action," said Muncy.
Muncy said that lawsuit brought a $25,000 judgement his way, but it was money that was never collected because Burgess couldn't pay.
Burgess is now facing animal cruelty charges after authorities completed an investigation into his facilities in Piqua and in Clark County, where Muncy said he moved after leaving his farm. Muncy has been watching the investigation closely.
"I think my concern is that he will continue to go on and do this again," he said.
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