Dead an­i­mals in Mid­dle­town ‘mak­ings of se­rial killer’

Dayton Daily News - - LOCAL & STATE - By Rick McCrabb Staff Writer

The pres­i­dent MID­DLE­TOWN — of a Mid­dle­town an­i­mal res­cue said it’s “dis­turb­ing” that some­one may be killing an­i­mals and dump­ing them near rail­road tracks.

Meg Me­lampy of Joseph’s Legacy said neigh­bors along the train tracks near Vannest Av­enue have re­ported find­ing an­i­mals, from cats to ca­nines, dead along the tracks. Me­lampy doesn’t be­lieve the an­i­mals are be­ing hit and killed by pass­ing trains.

“The trains are too loud and no an­i­mal would sit there and be hit,” she said.

In­stead, she said she be­lieves the an­i­mals are be­ing killed, then placed near or on the tracks.

Who­ever may be abus­ing th­ese an­i­mals, Me­lampy said, needs to seek men­tal health as­sis­tance.

“It’s dis­gust­ing,” she said. “This is the mak­ings of a se­rial killer. There is an is­sue there. Ob­vi­ously some­thing is wrong with them and they’re a dan­ger to our society.”

The an­i­mals were first found this sum­mer when neigh­bors and an­i­mal res­cuers re­ported that bones and de­cay­ing car­casses were dis­cov­ered along rail­road tracks, Me­lampy said. More have been found re­cently, she said.

There were Face­book posts re­cently that claimed 50 to 100 an­i­mals were found near the tracks. But Me­lampy and oth­ers searched the area Mon­day night and only smelled one fresh dead an­i­mal. The group will ex­pand its search for “the dump­ing ground” of dead an­i­mals, she said, adding that they will find who­ever is killing the an­i­mals. “We’re all over it,” she said. The group has con­tacted the But­ler County Dog War­den. Me­lampy said the dog war­den is in­ves­ti­gat­ing the an­i­mal cru­elty cases “very se­ri­ously.”

But­ler County Dog War­den Su­per­vi­sor Kurt Merbs said his depart­ment is pa­trolling the rail­road tracks and the sur­round­ing area more of­ten to hope­fully re­duce the pos­si­bil­ity of an­i­mals of be­ing killed and dumped. The cats and dogs found by the rail­road tracks last sum­mer were checked but none had mi­crochip iden­ti­fi­ca­tions.

He rec­om­mends for those who live in that area of Mid­dle­town to be on the look­out for any sus­pi­cious ac­tiv­ity.

Any­one with in­for­ma­tion is asked to call the But­ler County Dog War­den at 513887-7297. Con­tact this re­porter at 513705-2842 or email Rick. McCrabb@cox­

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