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4th and 5th animal-cruelty cases under investigation in Mahoning County

Published: Thu, February 9, 2012 @ 12:10 a.m.

Staff report


For the fourth and fifth times in two weeks, Animal Charity humane agents are investigating animal-cruelty cases involving dogs.

Talia Musolino, manager at Animal Charity, Mahoning County’s humane agency, said a landlord was walking in the yard of his Salt Springs Road property on the West Side on Wednesday morning when he discovered a stray dog that was missing a leg.

The dog was taken to Animal Charity where veterinarians determined the animal’s leg “unfortunately, had been cut off by someone,” Musolino said.

The vets ruled out the dog’s being hit by a car or injured by another dog, she said.

“Part of her tail was missing, too, almost like it got in the way,” Musolino said.

The dog is a female Labrador retriever mix between 8 months and a year old. She’s stable but will undergo surgery today to clean up the wound, she said.

The dog will be available for adoption at the Market Street shelter in Boardman within a few days.

About 5 p.m. Wednesday, humane agents and representatives from the Mahoning County Dog Warden’s office found a dog, likely a pit-bull mix, hanging from a tree in a wooded area off Salt Springs.

Dave Nelson, deputy dog warden, said the animal had probably been there for a couple of days. It was hanging from a wire-type leash. He said Animal Charity is handling the case.

Nelson said that information from the investigation of the two dead puppies found in a bag across from the Western Reserve Transit Authority terminal last week has been turned into the city prosecutor’s office. The dog warden is waiting for the prosecutor’s office to decide how to proceed.


1Lifes2Short(3882 comments)posted 4 years, 5 months ago

Find these bottom dweller low life animals and make a example out of them by displaying them in a public square and have the public do what they may to them.

How tough can you be torturing a innocent puppy or any animal for that matter? Nothing but a POS sorry pitiful little cockroaches that needs to be squashed. Pray I don't find them first.

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2jaycat(8 comments)posted 4 years, 5 months ago

Lifes2Short is totally right....a real tough person to take out their miserable existence on an animal...I love my pets like my children...these souless, spineless and worthless morons need to be caught and publically ridiculed for their very obvioius ignorance.

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3BIGDOG69(27 comments)posted 4 years, 5 months ago

These people are nothing but COWARDS. Why don't you come try that with me you yellow belly idiots? Bet you don't have the guts for it....

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4BIGDOG69(27 comments)posted 4 years, 5 months ago

Sorry to say mrrjytown, but we want those COWARDS to go to prison, not get probation!!!!

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5WhatRUAfraidOf(85 comments)posted 4 years, 5 months ago

I don't know if all of these cases are related, or if they are copy-cats, but I can't imagine what sort of cruel homo sapiens would do such a thing to a defenseless animal. Whoever is doing this has no conscience. How can these people possibly sleep at night? In the wild, animals almost never kill for pleasure, but someone has to be getting their jollies out of doing this and I just can't fathom why. The poor puppy. This is horrible.

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6steelwagon(284 comments)posted 4 years, 5 months ago

What kind of sick twisted freaks would do such terrible things to a defenseless animal ??
And what's the hold up in bringing "Nitro's Law" to the house floor for a vote ?

But let's not stop there.
Nitro's Law doesn't go far enough.

Please write your reps and demand all cases of animal cruelty be felony crimes that demand jail time and not just a mere fine and nonreporting probation.

These are sick dangerous subhumans commiting these vicious crimes and it won't be long until they harm a child or an elderly person if they haven't done so already.

These scumbags are cowards who enjoy control over those weaker and unable to defend themselves.
When caught they deserve the most severe punishment possible !!!.

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7stewie(109 comments)posted 4 years, 5 months ago

When they are caught they should be used for body parts, so at least their pitiful existence won't be a total loss and society could benefit something from these waste of oxygen pieces of dung.

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8animallover(86 comments)posted 4 years, 5 months ago

I think the people of Youngstown need to come together and demand actual police involvement not these jokers from Animal Charities. If animal charities does find out who is doing this they will probably screw up the legalities of it! What's next could be our children or even ourselves.

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9WhatRUAfraidOf(85 comments)posted 4 years, 5 months ago

terryz34 - what kind of moron are you!?!?

Sure, sure - hog-tie and throw out two six-week-old puppies that are probably not even weaned into the freezing cold? How in the name of heaven is that justified EVER? A dog that age couldn't hurt a fly and has not yet even been TAUGHT to be mean to anyone!

Cut off the back leg of a six-month-old dog? Even if it was a stray and actually bit someone, it could be taken to the dog pound. I don't have a lot of pity on vicious dogs, but humans have taught that to most of them. Few dogs are inherently vicious, unless they are too closely related to wild ones. Put yourself in that little dog's place. It sure can't defend itself compared to a human that weighs ten times what it does and can easily subdue it, based on the apparent size of it in the photos. How would YOU like it if someone tied you down and sawed off YOUR leg? Can you possibly imagine how much pain you would be in? It's a miracle the poor thing didn't bleed to death! To even say such things in jest is wrong.

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10MOLOCH(21 comments)posted 4 years, 5 months ago

I would rather have an hour to do what i want to the peices of sh*t who are doing these horiffic things to these dogs than hit the lottery. I wonder if same people who were torturing the kitties few years ago but have now moved up to dogs. I wonder if people are next?

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11peacelover(839 comments)posted 4 years, 5 months ago

This whole story makes me sick. Someone PLEASE catch these low life scums that are doing this. And give them more than a slap on the wrist. Make an example of them. Anything to keep them off the streets. My heart aches for these poor tortured animals.

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12legend33(169 comments)posted 4 years, 5 months ago

I blame the brothers!

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13Lifes2Short(3882 comments)posted 4 years, 5 months ago


"Who ever is killing these animals should be given a medal and a new gun, it's nice to see someone killing these animals so they do not cause pain and suffering maybe even DEATH to a HUMAN.Thank you whoever you are."

You must be one of the cowards to torture a puppy, huh? Takes a real MAN to do that, huh? You are probably one of those nerds that always got picked on and have to take out your angry on a innocent little animal, huh? Like the innocent little animal will put up a fight, well your getting your jolly's torturing it. Whats next, babies or elderly human beings? Is that what they graduate up to? Your just as sick as the cowardly pitiful creatures doing these things to puppies. Boy they are really bad and tough and you honor them? Says alot about you coward. Pick on something your own size and will fight back if your so hellbent on torture. To cowardly though I would guess. Have to just pick on the little puppies to get off, huh?

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14BIGDOG69(27 comments)posted 4 years, 5 months ago

With any luck, maybe terryz34 will someday be dog chow....IDIOT

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15webad(156 comments)posted 4 years, 5 months ago

- Quote (from website)
"Despite the fact that California leads the nation in animal rights, lobbyists continue to push for harsher legislation."
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Penalties for even these tight laws are not harsh enough to suit me.

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16ytown_kills_me(67 comments)posted 4 years, 5 months ago

maybe the viny should investigate terryz

only an Ass@ole would make a comment like that...i think public stocks should be brought back like in colonial times and right in the square in downtown so we all could drive by and throw sh@t..rocks and whatever at these scum that are committing these CRIMES ...it is proven public humiliation works better than the idiotic court system ..then we all could get a piece of the justice !!

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17BIGDOG69(27 comments)posted 4 years, 5 months ago

I agree ytown_kills_me. I just pray to God that I someday run into one of these scum bags. Justise will be swift...

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18Rooster(80 comments)posted 4 years, 5 months ago

Publicity is inspiration let's not forget. Only thing that's going to work here is increasing reward money and getting the reward money news out there. Is there some legit outfit that's offering reward money we could send to? I thought I read of one, but when I hear the news they aren't talking reward money and that's a mistake. Get those reporters to talk up the rewards - step one.

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