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Two children, nine animals removed from filthy house; adults charged

Published: Tue, October 27, 2009 @ 12:40 p.m.

CANFIELD — A city couple is charged with child endangering and cruelty to animals after two children and nine animals were removed from their filthy home.

Canfield Detective Brian McGivern said the children were placed in protective custody, and the animals were taken to the Mahoning County dog warden.

The children, ages 2 and 7, and seven dogs and two cats were taken from the home of Brian Spin, 38, and Betsy Spin, 32, of 535 Brookpark Drive, Thursday after police found them living in deplorable conditions. The couple faces nine counts of cruelty to animals and two counts of child endangering. They are scheduled to appear in Mahoning County Court in Canfield at 5:30 p.m Wednesday.

“The entire house was completely uninhabitable,” the detective said. “It was like walking in two inches of maple syrup. That’s how saturated the rugs were with urine and feces.”

McGivern said police were called to the house after a woman driving by saw three dogs running loose on the street.

Dog Warden Dave Nelson said three dogs died en route to the pound, and the other six animals were euthanized because of their condition.

“They had mange all over their bodies, which caused extreme pain,” he said. “The sores they had caused bits of their ears to fall off because it rots the skin.”

For more information, see Wednesday’s Vindicator or www.vindy.com.


1DragonFly664(198 comments)posted 4 years, 10 months ago

What the heck????? is wrong with some people???? I do not understand the stupidity of some people!!!

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2Ginger76(178 comments)posted 4 years, 10 months ago

How do you let this go on?
You can smell 2 inch think feces from down the street on a summer day...it didn't happen overnight!

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3DragonFly664(198 comments)posted 4 years, 10 months ago

Kinda makes you wonder what the neighbors are doing??? The usual not caring what goes on in there neighborhood, but you would think its Canfield, not up to there standards.

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4DragonFly664(198 comments)posted 4 years, 10 months ago

the houses on either side are very close, I can not believe they did not SEE or SMELL anything??

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5Ginger76(178 comments)posted 4 years, 10 months ago

Seriously....When we walk the dogs in our neighborhood we can smell the trees/flowers in bloom or when someone is doing laundry for GOD's sake.....Think about when you pick up your dog's poo!

I don't understand it! You can't smell when something is wrong? I would know if my neighbor had that many animals...

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6Ginger76(178 comments)posted 4 years, 10 months ago

O and I can't wait for the animal cruelty charges to be "dropped"....that ALWAYS happens.

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7Ginger76(178 comments)posted 4 years, 10 months ago

Thats a $344,600 house right by the school....

name doesn't match up to the Land Records - I wonder if they were renting...

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8Ginger76(178 comments)posted 4 years, 10 months ago

The owner paid $274,000....

Wonder if this 4596 sqft beauty will be condemned?

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9Shandre83(20 comments)posted 4 years, 10 months ago

Where was the neighbors? Nobody cares anymore!

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10Level_Headed(30 comments)posted 4 years, 10 months ago

Really?? All these comments, and no one made mention or comment about the CHILDREN taken from the house, but we sure made a fuss about the animals, ANIMALS, not people... Ridiculous

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11DragonFly664(198 comments)posted 4 years, 10 months ago

IF you re-read the comments you will see they dont understand how the neighbors did not smell or SEE anything, weather it be childern or animals it was going on for a long time, the childern should have been taken away long ago if the neighbors were paying attention, but its Canfield most have there heads up there bumms.

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12Ginger76(178 comments)posted 4 years, 10 months ago

At least the kids made it out...

Point being - WHERE are the neighbors?

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13ads(109 comments)posted 4 years, 10 months ago

I don't see where anyone specified one way or another about children/animals, seems the consensus was about the neighbors not noticing the stench. It's a true shame people don't care about the well being of others anymore!

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14Shandre83(20 comments)posted 4 years, 10 months ago

Foxtrot, I looked at your link and I came to these conclusions, either the the people who actually owns the house is renting it out or one of the adults might just be a spoiled brat and the owners just gave them the house to keep them away. But the taxes was surel paid up to date.

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15vegas226114(9 comments)posted 4 years, 10 months ago

Even if the house is being rented out...what landlord lets this happen to an expensive home...what ignorance! And to those who ignored what was happening to those children, shame on you! At least there were caring neighbors in Hubbard to help that young boy!

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16kids2028(87 comments)posted 4 years, 10 months ago




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17aljimi(42 comments)posted 4 years, 10 months ago

This couldn't have happened in "Mayberry".

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18Thesilentmajority(5 comments)posted 4 years, 10 months ago

Yes it is a very sad and sick situation, but perhaps all of you that are passing judgment on others should get all the facts before doing so instead of listening to Michelle Nicks and taking what she reported as fact. There were many details left out of that brief report and don't forget they are in the businness of selling news.
For those that are actually interested instead of just making noise and pointing fingers, I know for a fact that local authority's had been notified prior to this "discovery" believe me, it was no secret to them! Once again I say to the critics, who have no clue what they are talking about ( which is normal) it is public record if you really care to check, reports had been made.

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19TheLostPatrol(755 comments)posted 4 years, 10 months ago

Appears that Drug Addiction (spending money and more time doing drugs than cleaning your house or caring for your kids) may be the root of this matter. Nonetheless, I smell (no pun intended) criminal activity with these two adults.

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20stoptheblame(8 comments)posted 4 years, 10 months ago

Didn't these poor children have any grandparents to come and see them or check in on them? It just go to show you that there is crime in any town or city you live in no matter how much you pay for your house.

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21ojanet22(134 comments)posted 4 years, 10 months ago

To silentmajority: The facts speak for themselves.

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22Bigben(1996 comments)posted 4 years, 10 months ago

I'm not seeing where there have been any crimminal cases for child endangerment or cruelty to animals prior to 10-27-09.

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23Prince09(3 comments)posted 4 years, 10 months ago

While reading the story, it states the grandmother owned the house and was up stairs with one of the children. It's so unacceptable. Also disturbing is the fact that she breast feed the one children up to 2 years old, and she homeschooled the other. It also states the dad worked from home. So really noone could have noticed the children's welfare if the were never seen. It's a shame that in that neighborhood with that beautiful house this was going on, especially in this economy where people are losing thier homes or can't even get a home loan. They are some problems here obviously and i hope that there is some kind of resolution to this behavior whether it be counseling, jail time, rehabilation ...

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24Ginger76(178 comments)posted 4 years, 10 months ago

Something is very very wrong here....

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25Stan(9923 comments)posted 4 years, 10 months ago

This was merely a biological experiment ! Their contribution to medical science is immeasurable . The fact that three dogs died on the way to the pound and the people residing in the house is proof . Their immune systems are second to none .


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26gypsygirl720(186 comments)posted 4 years, 10 months ago


Agreed. Very STRANGE indeed!
Happens all the time; butt NOT in Canfielded or Polanded?????

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27dominoman777(57 comments)posted 4 years, 10 months ago

crack heads

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28Education_Voter(851 comments)posted 4 years, 10 months ago

This is the third time this year that I have encountered cases of children whose parents used "home schooling" to cover up abuse.

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29aeparish(669 comments)posted 4 years, 10 months ago

Home schooling. Hah. And I thought the public schools were dirty...

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30digitaltats(2 comments)posted 4 years, 9 months ago

And somehow people can make babies... Dumb people should not breed

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31adamrovich(6 comments)posted 4 years, 9 months ago

my sorrow goes out to the children, hope that someone finds them a good place to live life. we all need to watch for stuff like this, and not keep our heads in the sand.

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