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Former Vet Tech Found In House Of Horrors With 19 Dead Dogs And 27 Neglected

Published: May 17, 2022 at 05:51 PM Author: Penny Eims

Sciotoville, Ohio – On May 12, officers with the Portsmouth Police Department went to a house on Sycamore Street after receiving a tip from a neighbor concerned about a foul smell coming from the residence. Inside the home, they found 29-year-old Samantha Damron, a former veterinary technician, and 19 dead dogs.

Officers also found 27 dogs who were still alive, but in poor condition after being badly neglected. Portsmouth City Health Department animal control officer Wendy Payton commented on the horrible scene, describing it as one of the worst she had ever seen.


Responding officers said that Damron was in a bedroom with two dead dogs when they arrived…she was literally sleeping next to the bodies of dogs who did not survive. The incident report revealed the dismal conditions in the home; describing animal feces and urine smeared on floors, with trash and rotting food littering the home’s interior like an episode from the Hoarder’s television series. Conditions were deemed bad enough inside that the home had to be condemned.

As officers assessed the situation, they noted that Damron showed no emotion.

Thanks to a search warrant, officers were able to analyze Damron’s technological devices. The incident report states that her posts on social media indicate that she, “has interest or a fetish in dead or skeleton-related ‘arts’ of dead animals.”

Damron was booked into the Scioto County Jail on over 33 counts of cruelty to animals; the surviving dogs were taken to the Scioto County Dog Shelter for care.

According to the shelter facility, the dogs, all German shepherds or German shepherd mixes, are being held as evidence and they are not available for adoption at this time.

What happened inside Damron’s home is unconscionable. Please add your name to the petition today to ensure that this woman is held fully accountable for her actions!

We the undersigned demand that Samantha Damron is held responsible for her abhorrent treatment of the dogs who were in her care. We are petitioning for Damron to receive the maximum punishment allowable by law and to be prohibited from owning or residing with animals in the future.

Note: Individuals are presumed innocent until being found guilty in a court of law. Animal Victory relies upon the authorities and the court system to determine guilt or innocence.



Portsmouth Daily Times


Update 6/22/2022: Animal Victory has sent 11,402 signatures to Scioto County prosecutor Shane Andrew Tieman. Court dates have not been updated from the 6/13 pretrial hearing.

Update 5/20/2022: According to the Portsmouth Municipal Court, Damron was permitted to sign her own personal recognizance bond. She waived her preliminary hearing in municipal court and will be indicted by the Scioto County prosecutor in the Scioto County Common Pleas Court. Damron has surrendered her pets and will not be permitted to own animals.

Former Vet Tech Found In House Of Horrors With 19 Dead Dogs And 27 Neglected

11,491 signatures = 57% of goal

11,491 M.H. Lynch She needs to go to prison!! Jul 01, 2022
11,490 Marilyn Gonzalez Jul 01, 2022
11,489 Sulema Hammett Jul 01, 2022
11,488 Wendy Ruhland Jul 01, 2022
11,487 Mariann Adcock Jun 30, 2022
11,486 Joke Kleef Jun 30, 2022
11,485 Carmen Guillemette Jun 29, 2022
11,484 Catherine Thomas Psychological issues that are extremely troubling. This girl needs help asap. Jun 29, 2022
11,483 Graziella Caruana Jun 29, 2022
11,482 rose moore Jun 29, 2022
11,481 Rochelle Bolton Jun 29, 2022
11,480 Sheri Lane Jun 28, 2022
11,479 Debra Wantland Jun 28, 2022
11,478 Tonya Austhof Jun 28, 2022
11,477 Tina Duarte Jun 27, 2022
11,476 Nancy Wakili So cruel and inhumane Jun 26, 2022
11,475 Genoveva M. Martinez Jun 26, 2022
11,474 Karen Isaacs Jun 26, 2022
11,473 karen johnston Jun 26, 2022
11,472 Rhonda Grein Jun 26, 2022
11,471 cindy martin Jun 25, 2022
11,470 Elaine Rounds Jun 25, 2022
11,469 Charles Reese Jun 25, 2022
11,468 laura raforth PRISON TIME Jun 25, 2022
11,467 Diana Coles Jun 25, 2022
11,466 Sam King Jun 24, 2022
11,465 KA Sandholm Jun 24, 2022
11,464Anonymous Jun 24, 2022
11,463 Elaina Gibson Jun 23, 2022
11,462 David White Jun 23, 2022