Germantown Man Charged with Two Counts of Animal Cruelty

MoCo Animal Services and Adoption CenterA Germantown man has been charged with two misdemeanor counts of animal cruelty and inhumane treatment of his family dog, according to officials with the Montgomery County Animal Services Division.

Investigators said that an Animal Services officer responded to Ronald Vaughan’s Deerwater Drive residence on June 21st. The officer saw a small dog laying on its side inside a crate that was covered by a towel. The officer could hear the dog’s cries of distress and could see a number of flies circling the crate.

When questioned by investigators, Vaughan said that he had been out of town and a friend had been caring for his dog Cholula. Investigators said the friend had notified Vaughan about the “many flies on her.” Investigators also noted wounds found on the dog and said the origins were unknown. According to officials, Vaughan said he had plans to take Cholula to the veterinarian, but it was later confirmed that no appointments had been made. Meanwhile, Cholula was placed outdoors because of the odor she was emitting, investigators said.

Vaughan surrendered Cholula to the officer who brought her back to the Montgomery County Animal Services and Adoption Center (MCASAC). Officials say Cholula was immediately examined by the Chief Veterinarian who was able to see the extent of the maggot infestation on Cholula’s body wounds and cavities. Officials said that Cholula was in severe pain and the opportunity to treat her had passed. She was euthanized at the shelter.

Vaughan was arrested on June 22nd. MCASAC also obtained custody of other pets found in Vaughan’s home including a cat and six-month old puppy. A court date has not been set for Vaughan. Each charge of animal cruelty carries a penalty of up to 90 days in jail and/or a fine of $1,000.

“This is an unfortunate case that ended with the euthanasia of an animal that, if properly treated, could have lived a much longer, healthier life,” Tom Koenig, Director of the Montgomery County Animal Services and Adoption Center, said. “The public should be aware of both state and local laws that protect animals, especially with regard to obtaining medical care for those who are injured or are suffering,” Koenig said.

Animal Services Officers are on duty seven days a week to investigate citizen complaints and respond to animal emergencies 24 hours a day. Anyone can report abuse, or suspected abuse, to the Animal Services Division at 301.279.8000.

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