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Three in Warren charged with animal cruelty



Published: Mon, December 10, 2012 @ 10:12 a.m.

Three in Warren charged with animal cruelty

By ED RUNYAN

runyan@vindy.com

WARREN

Arraignment hearings will be at 1 p.m. today in Warren Municipal Court for the Hamilton Street couple charged with animal cruelty after five dogs and four kittens were found dead at their home Nov. 28.

But in addition to Tiffany Charlton, 30, and her boyfriend, Michael Kelley, 33, the court will arraign Randall Charlton, 60, who faces four counts of animal cruelty.

Members of the U.S. Marshal’s Violent Fugitives Task Force and Warren police found Tiffany Charlton and Michael Kelley at Randy Charlton’s house on Hamilton Street Southwest at 3:32 p.m. Friday.

Randall Charlton is Tiffany Charlton’s father.

While arresting Tiffany Charlton and Michael Kelley, who were wanted on nine counts each of animal cruelty, police discovered four malnourished dogs at Randy Charlton’s house.

The four counts of animal cruelty Randy Charlton faces relate to those dogs, according to a Warren police report.

All three are in the Trumbull County jail.

Randall Charlton lives at 2530 Hamilton Street, next door to the house in which Tiffany Charlton and Michael Kelley lived when an investigator with the Animal Welfare League of Trumbull County found the five dead dogs and four dead kittens at their home Nov. 28.

Tiffany Charlton and Michael Kelley were not home at the time of the discovery, but warrants were issued for them about a week later.

The Animal Welfare League said five dead dogs were found inside the house at 2518 Hamilton Street, and four dead kittens were in an animal carrier outside of the house.

Debbie Agostinelli, shelter manager for the Animal Welfare League, said this morning the agency has talked to Randall Charlton about care of his pets on two occasions.

The most recent time was Nov. 28.

On the day when the Animal Welfare League found the nine dead animals, Agostinelli talked with Randall Charlton and asked him to get rid of a dog he was keeping outside because Charlton had not provided it with water or proper bedding inside its dog house.

Charlton agreed to get rid of that dog and only keep two small dogs inside the house that Agostinelli thought were “fine,” she said.

On a previous occasion, the Animal Welfare League had been called to Randy Charlton’s house for a dead dog in the yard, Agostinelli said.

Agostinelli said she had not seen the dogs Warren police confiscated on Friday and doesn’t know their condition.


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