Woman sentenced for animal cruelty after firefighters rescue 18 dogs from home

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Grazyna Latocha

(Photo: Sidney Daily News) Grazyna Latocha, left, immediately appealed her sentence Tuesday morning for cruelty against companion animals and deprivation of necessary veterinary medical sustenance. Her 17 French bulldogs will remain in custody of the Shelby County Animal Shelter while her appeal is heard. She is pictured with her public defender, Robert Long.

SIDNEY, Ohio (WDTN) – Attorneys for a Sidney woman accused of cruelty against companion animals filed an appeal after her sentencing Tuesday.

Firefighters responded to 68-year-old Grazyna Latocha’s home on March 26 for reports of a fire. Despite her claim that no pets were inside, firefighters discovered 18 French bulldogs in the basement.

Our partners at the Sidney Daily News reported that one of the dogs died after they were removed from the home.

The dogs were found stacked in cages with no plastic trays on the bottom. Some had callouses on their paw pads from the cage wires.

Several others were reported to have suffered medical issues as a result of poor treatment.

She was found guilty at the end of August for an act of cruelty against companion animals and deprivation of necessary veterinary medical sustenance.

The dogs were ordered to be relinquished to the Shelby County Animal Shelter.

Latocha will only serve her jail time of 30 days if the appeal is turned down.

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