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Couple in Warren animal deaths case gets jail time

Published: Thu, December 20, 2012 @ 3:33 p.m.

Couple in Warren animal deaths case gets jail time


A Hamilton Street couple charged with animal cruelty after five dogs and four kittens were found dead at their home Nov. 28 were sentenced to 45 days in jail and five years on probation.

Tiffany Charlton, 30, and her boyfriend, Michael Kelley, 33, pleaded no contest in Warren Municipal Court on Thursday to animal cruelty. Charlton will be given credit for five days already served. Kelley will be given credit for 13 days served. Their sentences began immediately.

During probation they must not keep animals and must allow Animal Welfare League of Trumbull County inspections, a league official said. The Animal Welfare League said five dead dogs were found inside the house at 2518 Hamilton St., and four dead kittens were in an animal carrier outside of the house.

Another person charged in the case, Randall Charlton, is coming back to court for a pre-trial hearing Jan. 25. He is Tiffany Charlton’s father.


1papa1(711 comments)posted 3 years, 6 months ago

that's a start. five years in prison would have been better and never being allowed to own an animal.

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2carolina(1 comment)posted 3 years, 6 months ago

Thank God they at least got some prison time. Hope they are not allowed to own animals ever again. It is nice to see some justice for the animals finally.

Now if only they would lock up Kimm Koocher who runs West Side Cats, this town could be rid of another animal abuser and neglecter!!!!! Volunteers cannot stand to see those poor animals suffering and dying on a regular basis with no veterinary care. Please get rid of this scumbag!!!!!!

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3uselesseater(229 comments)posted 3 years, 6 months ago

Yeah it sucks and good these folks got some sort of punishment. Wondering if they are mentally available upstairs though?

Who let's dead things linger and rot in their home?

We should all celebrate this crowning achievement in local animal rights by throwing some steaks on the grill. Meat, it's what is for dinner.

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4charms(228 comments)posted 3 years, 6 months ago


"that's a start. five years in prison would have been better..."

5 years in prison! Are you kidding? Where's your sense of proportion?

This is the sort of comment I would expect coming from a proponent of that overblown Nitro's law. Current punishments available are severe enough for animal cruelty.

This judge did the right thing, although I would have prohibited them from owning dogs for life.

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5Werecat(75 comments)posted 3 years, 6 months ago


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