WILMINGTON — Five Blanchester residents entered not guilty pleas in the Clinton County Municipal Court on Tuesday.
The five are, with their charges: Rodney Allen, three charges of child endangerment; Angelia Allen, two child endangerment charges and three animal cruelty charges; Vickie McNichols, three animal cruelty charges; and Sheila McNichols and Larry Michael face two child endangerment charges.
All five requested a public defender be appointed to them.
Both the child endangerment and animal cruelty charges are first-degree misdemeanors.
The five were charged after Blanchester Police Department responded to a reported dog-biting incident on March 30. According to Blanchester police, the initial report led them to 7485 State Route 123 where they discovered 20 dogs, none of which appeared to be receiving adequate treatment. BPD Chief Scott Reinbolt also said they discovered 11 people lived in the residence, including five children, with the residence in poor condition and lacking “adequate sleeping accommodations for the children.”
Sheila McNichols said during her hearing said the property had been cleaned up and the children still live at the address.
The dogs were taken by the Clinton County Dog Warden. All but the dog involved in the biting incident were placed in local humane societies.
The five will appear in municipal court again on April 26.
Reach John Hamilton at 937-382-2574