Dumpster Dog Hope Recovering, Man Responsible Charged

  • 1/23/2019 2:38:22 PM
  • Tyler Warner
  • Local News

RICHLAND COUNTY - In early December, The Humane Society of Richland County took in a dog that had been severely neglected and was reportedly found in a dumpster. The dog, dubbed Hopi Dopi by the rescuer's daughter, was badly emaciated, had a severe skin infection and a large mammary tumor. 

The Humane Society set about helping the dog, now named Hope, get healthy. Now, almost two months later, Hope has made an excellent recovery. Her Mammary tumor was discovered to be benign and has been removed. Her skin infection has mostly cleared up and she has been spayed and begun putting weight back on. Her personality is showing through and soon she will be adopted out to start a better chapter of her life. 

Missy Houghton, the Executive Director of the Humane Society explained Wednesday that something felt strange about the case the whole time. "There was a big contrast between what we were told and what we felt actually happened," Missy said. 

After bringing in Hope and posting about her on their facebook page, Missy says calls and messages came in over the next few days explaining that Hope had always been neglected and that the person who brought Hope in was the one behind it. "Somebody had seen her running around in horrible condition in May of last year. The person that brought her in also had her back in May." It was after reviewing the conversations, pictures, and screenshots that were sent in, Missy and her humane agents decided that the person who had saved Hope was the one behind her mistreatment.

The man in question is 35-year-old Jesse Ritchey of Mansfield. Houghton charged Ritchey with neglect on January 5th, but Ritchey plead down. When all was said and done Ritchey ended up pleading guilty to disorderly conduct, a minor misdemeanor and was found guilty on January 8th in Mansfield Municipal Court. His penalty was a $150 fine and court costs, totaling out to $265 owed. 

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