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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.”

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