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Chemical covered dogs lead to Hazmat response in East Liverpool

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EAST LIVERPOOL, Ohio -

Experts in the handling of hazardous materials were dispatched to an abandoned facility on the East End of East Liverpool on Wednesday just before 12:00 p.m. after a woman found her dogs covered with a tar-like substance.

Alecia O'Hanlon tells 21 News her dog Miley, a Pitbull Mix was covered in the black substance on Tuesday evening, and also had severe cuts to her body, "Actually the person who found her they had to pull her out.  They said there was about a foot of tar.  She was glued to the ground basically.  If she wouldn't have been found, she would have been dead."

First responders from local fire departments and a Hazmat team from West Virginia and Columbiana County Emergency Management spent the day at the former Dacar Chemical Plant on Michigan Avenue.

The area was cordoned off as crews inspected the site in an attempt to determine if chemicals there posed any environmental risk. 

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency lists Dacar as an EPA regulated site. A search of the EPA database shows no known records of violations or enforcement issues over the past five years. The EPA has also been called to the scene, and a representative from Dacar is on site.

East Liverpool Mayor Jim Swoger called in his Safety-Service Director and others after seeing the conditions inside the plant, and says, "I'm very concerned about it.  We need some answers to some questions."

O'Hanlon whose dogs are currently recovering says, "From the outside it looks not so bad.  From the inside it's awful.  There's chemicals, powder residue spilled everywhere, there is barrels, drums, old batteries, old everything."

According to the Safety-Services Director, no hazardous materials were found at the site and for now the scene has been cleared.

But the question remains how the company will deal with securing the facility?  At least two representatives from the company were present but they made no comment to news reporters.  The EPA was also on scene.

Stay connected with 21 News and wfmj.com for the latest on this developing story.

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