After multiple attempts to contact Neanover or anyone at the residence, the deputy dog warden went back to the backyard to take pictures of the dog, according to the motion.
“Then without a search warrant or consent, (the deputy dog warden) climbed Mr. Neanover’s fence, entered Mr. Neanover’s yard and seized the dog,” Rittgers said in the motion.
The defense argues Neanover’s privacy rights were violated and any evidence obtained, visual and physical, should be suppressed. The defense has also filed a motion for a jury trial.
According to Butler County Sheriff Richard Jones, deputy dog wardens found the emaciated dog at the residence. The dog, named Lou by caregivers, was cared for and hospitalized for five days at Animal Care Centers and died several days later.
The medical staff was surprised when X-rays showed rocks in the dog’s stomach. He lived his life on a very short chain and was “deprived food for quite some time,” according to the Animal Friends Humane Society.