Two men have been arrested after barn animals were found living in terrible conditions.


GRAFTON TOWNSHIP -- Two people have been arrested for animal cruelty after a humane officer reported animals being housed in horrible conditions.

Deputies arrived at 36450 State Route 303 in Grafton Township where they found the animals in deplorable conditions.

The humane officer advised deputies that some of the animals were already dead and others dying.

In addition to piles of feces reaching nearly four feet in height, the carcass of a deceased sheep was found in one of the stalls. A veterinarian recommended that a sheep be euthanized due to its suffering.

Deputies also observed horses which had apparently arrived at the barn a couple of weeks ago. One horse appeared to have been living in the poor conditions for some time.

Homeowner, Mahmoud Abukhalil and the man claiming to be responsible for the animals, Richard Newton, were arrested for Obstructing Official Business and Animal Cruelty. Both males were taken to the Lorain County Jail.

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