Police find Moreland Hills woman and 31 of her dogs dead with her car running in the garage

MORELAND HILLS, Ohio - A Moreland Hills woman and 31 of her dogs were found dead earlier this week in her garage.

The incident happened around 5:30 p.m. Monday in the 31000 block of Jackson Road.

Police said the 62-year-old Sandra Lertzman was a known animal lover and the executive director of the Animal Rights Foundation.

A man came to the house to check on his cats when he found a car running in Lertzman's garage in what police described as a "tragic scene."

The man alerted police to the scene. Officers said Lertzman was found deceased in the vehicle with 32 dogs, one canine survived and was able to escape from the vehicle to get air. The surviving dog was placed with a family member.

Police described Lertzman's death an apparent suicide, but the case remains under investigation.

Her body has been handed over to the Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner's Office.


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