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Animal Charity blames drug epidemic for surge in neglected pets

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Animal Charity in Boardman is seeing an uptick in the number of pets neglected and left behind as a result of the drug epidemic.

A two-year old mixed-dog named Cody is currently in the care of Animal Charity. Executive Director Lisa Hill said when Cody came into their facility that's when she realized that so many pets are the unnoticed victims.

"I didn't even put it all together like that until this week when we saw Cody and his owner and it was like so many animals are affected by this too," said Hill. 

Cody, formerly named "Codeine" came from a home Animal Charity officials suspect drugs were used.

"His owner was thinking she hadn't fed him in two days, and it was clearly more like two weeks," said Hill.

Often times, Animal Charity said people want to help but pets can become forgotten.

"The neighbors do the best they can because they'll feed them when they're gone and just hope they come back, and eventually they don't come back," said Hill.

If you're interested in adopting Cody, call Animal Charity at 330-788-1064.

They also encourage people to call if they see an animal that appears abandoned or neglected.

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