Special Prosecutor Appointed To Van Wert Dog Warden Case

By Ian Hoover- 21Alive

August 4, 2014 Updated Aug 4, 2014 at 1:27 PM EDT

VAN WERT, Ohi. (21Alive) -- A special prosecutor has been appointed to investigate allegations against the former Van Wert County Dog Warden.

Rich Strunkenberg was fired last week by the Van Wert County Commissioners after a report indicated that Straunkenberg failed to provide adequate water, and food to the animals. After an inspection of the building, authorities discovered three dead dogs and six dead cats.

It has now been determined that Paulding County Prosecutor Joe Burkhart will now determine if charges will be filed.

Click on the video to see Rachelle Spence's original report on Straunkenberg being removed from his position.

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