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Damico was taken to the Butler County Jail and charged with three felony charges of cruelty to companion animals and four misdemeanor counts of the same charge.
After a preliminary hearing in Hamilton Municpal Court today, Judge Dan Gattermeyer found sufficient evidence to bind the case over to a grand jury for consideration. Damico is free on bond.
The surviving dogs, Chihuahua mixed breeds, are doing well recovering at the Animal Friends Humane Society, according to Merbs.
The dogs were gaining weight and will soon be ready for adoption after spay and neutering.
Merbs said in a statement that Damico had moved to a new home, abandoning the seven dogs, adding that there was no food, water, or appropriate shelter from the weather.