Mansfield man charged with cutting the throats of four puppies

MANSFIELD, Ohio - The Humane Society of Richland County responded to a call on Wednesday involving five puppies, four of which had their throats cut.

On Wednesday, police received a call from a 38-year-old woman whose husband Christopher Vandenberg, 38, of Mansfield, was taken to OhioHealth Mansfield Hospital for an attempted suicide.

When she went to let their puppies out of their bedroom, she discovered three puppies had cuts on their throats and a fourth one had an injured left back leg, the police reports says.

The woman said she wasn't home for two days and left the puppies in the care of her husband. Looking back through her text messages, she found one that was distorted but she understood it as he "tried cutting the puppies" throats, according to the police report.

The Richland County Humane Society took custody of all five puppies and transported them to the vet for additional treatment.

Human Society Executive Director Missy Houghton told News 5, HB 60, passed last year is an important step forward.

The measure now allows police to charge offenders with a felony, but she hopes more jail time will be added to those increased charges.

"They really only apply jail time to one out of every 15 people, they really need to be more consistent across the board," said Houghton.

"Additional jail time would be great, but we would like to also see mandatory counseling, because it's not enough to just incarcerate you have to rehabilitate."

The humane society said the puppies should healed and ready for adoption in about two weeks. 

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