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Authorities find 5 dead dogs, 4 dead kittens in Warren home

Published: Thu, November 29, 2012 @ 12:10 a.m.

Authorities find 5 dead dogs, 4 dead kittens at residence in Warren


Debbie Agostinelli, shelter director for the Animal Welfare League of Trumbull County, digs in the backyard of the house at 2518 Hamilton St. SW, Warren, in a spot of fresh dirt to check for dead animals.

By Ed Runyan



Megan Hartford of Hamilton Street Southwest says she’s finally had enough of her longtime friend and next-door neighbor Tiffany Charlton’s treatment of animals.

“There needs to be repercussions because nobody should be able to get away with that,” Hartford said Wednesday, after agents with the Animal Welfare League of Trumbull County found five dead dogs and four dead kittens at Charlton’s 2518 Hamilton residence.

The Vindicator had interviewed Hartford in early October, a couple of weeks after the city’s health depart- ment and animal- control officer ordered Charlton’s property to be cleaned up — and for Charlton to reduce her animals from 11 dogs to four. At the time, Hartford said false accusations were made against Charlton and her boyfriend, Michael Kelley, and that Charlton cared about the dogs found malnourished at her house.

But after Wednesday’s revelations, Hartford said there’s no excuse.

“No animals should go through that,” Hartford said. “It’s wrong. Something has to be done.”

Neither Charlton nor Kelley was at the house as investigators combed through the residence and the yard.

Debbie Agostinelli, shelter director for the Animal Welfare League, said the league’s humane investigator, Michelle Goss, received a phone call, went to the house and found the door open.

Inside, she found five dead dogs — one of them partially eaten — and four dead kittens in a pet carrier outside and one live dog tied up.

“They were very malnourished, so it appears to me they starved to death,” Agostinelli said, adding that she hopes criminal charges will be filed. Goss will decide on that after further investigation.

The animals will be evaluated by a veterinarian to determine what caused their death. More information on that part of the investigation likely will be available by today, Agostinelli said.

Hartford said her family has tried to help Charlton take care of the dogs at times, but she has responsibilities of her own and wasn’t aware that animals were dying next door.

Dave Gearin was living in a trailer in the backyard of Charlton’s house, which is near the former Warren Western Reserve High School site, but Gearin said he didn’t know there were so many dead animals.

He did find one dead dog in the backyard, but he hasn’t been in the house much because of the smell he encountered, Gearin said.

The smell inside the front door of the house was extremely offensive, and the living room where at least one of the dead dogs was found was unkept.

When The Vindicator spoke with Kelley in October, he said only one of the dogs they had in September was malnourished, and that was because someone had dropped it off recently.

Kelley said people regularly dropped off dogs at their house.

“We were doing this out of our own pocket, doing this for the dogs, nursing them back to health,” he said at the time. “People bring them to us. We found homes for them. We’re not going to stop.”


1cab123(1 comment)posted 3 years, 5 months ago

Ugh, there is a special place in hell reserved for people like this!! There needs to be stiffer penalties for animal abuse instead of a slap on the wrist. Can you imagine starving an animal to death?

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2Crazygal(6 comments)posted 3 years, 5 months ago

These cases are often anymore, these animals need a voice which would be laws. Community service for them and stiff fines since over crowding in jails. Make them have to pick up trash with I abuse animals on their backs. I could not hurt my dogs, which I adore even take an allergy pill daily so I can have them. What joy can one get from hurting kittens with a car or starving your animal to death? I would like to see eye for eye but that doesn't happen for murders or child killers so won't in these cases. When I look in my dogs eyes it shows love and no conditions for it. If you can't afford them find them a home, if you hate them take them, to a shelter or pound someone will adopt them or rescue them, at the least they had a fighting chance. Where is compassion for others these days? I see it in the news, but not in stories like this or in crime reports.

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3ulistenup(95 comments)posted 3 years, 5 months ago


"I would like to see an eye for an eye..." Do you realize we're talking "animal abuse" here. Cruelty to animals is an M2 punishable by up to 4 months in jail. String the sentences together and the perpetrators would be in jail quite a long time.

Your compassion is understandable, but you have made animals equal or above humans by your comments. This is wrong.

No animal should be abused; this is in God's plan. But to elevate animals to a status equal to or above humans is intrinsically immoral by any recognizable standard.

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4Sparkle(12 comments)posted 3 years, 5 months ago

What is wrong with people?? There are groups to help people in need in this area, even help with food for their animals. How could they let any animal starve to death?
NEGLECT is the same as ABUSE. Laws have to be tougher for the low-lifes that do this to animals.
NEGLECT is happening every day at West Side Cats. Those poor cats are always sick and thrown in the back room to die, getting no care at all. The scammers that run the place turn a blind eye every day to those animals' suffering. Just there for the handouts and free money and goods from the public. LOW LIFE FILTH!!!!! Put the WSC group together with this group of abusers in a cell together. They deserve each other.

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5Werecat(74 comments)posted 3 years, 5 months ago

Hey Sparkle. You seem to be rather fixated on West Side Cats. Stop by and take a tour as my guest. Otherwise do the rest of us a favor and STFU.

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6Sparkle(12 comments)posted 3 years, 5 months ago

Yes, Werecat - that is what you want everyone to do that knows what you are doing there - STFU.
Your disgusting excuse for a rescue is an embarrassment to this area, where there are so many wonderful groups helping animals.
We will not STFU until you are where you belong - behind bars for fraud and animal abuse.

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7Werecat(74 comments)posted 3 years, 5 months ago

What I want is for you to come take the free tour and see how terrific WSC is. Since this would be a reasonable thing to do and you and your cronies are not reasonable people then yes I would prefer that you STFU.

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8Sparkle(12 comments)posted 3 years, 5 months ago

I have been in your "terrific" pit mannnnyyy times, as recent as a month or so ago along with a number of other "cronies." We have seen what you consider good living for those poor cats. Cats go into shelters and usually thrive. We have all watched yours lose weight, develop numerous treatable health problems and then eventually they all get "adopted". It is a blessed miracle!!! How do you do it? Truth is, you do not. They die - usually slow, horrible deaths that can be treated if they were medicated or vaccinated. You can use your con game on some of your morons, but there are many people who have been in there and cannot believe you are allowed to stay open.
By the way, loved seeing your name on PetAbuse.com. That is where you belong.

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9Werecat(74 comments)posted 3 years, 4 months ago

No. You haven't. Otherwise you'd have seen cats lounging on soft clean beds, playing with lots of toys, eating and drinking from never-empty bowls, all in a shelter that is cleaned daily.
You'd have seen volunteers arriving or leaving on vet runs for treatment and vaccinations.
You'd have seen any sick animals isolated in the clinic area, which is separated from the shelter, and you'd have seen their treatment plans clipped to their cages along with their prescribed medications.
As far as the petabuse.com website goes, they posted a story of the raid. Remember that raid? Precipitated by nutbars like you winding up an incompetent with a badge and throwing him at the shelter. No charges filed because we were doing nothing wrong. You idiots succeeded in getting 84 innocent cats killed. Well done!
You and your cronies are a pack of cowards and bullies. You hide behind anonymity and snipe at people who are trying to help. If you're so proud of what you're doing and think it's so righteous then why don't you "out" yourself? Put your real name up here for the world to see. Stand behind your words or... STFU!

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10Sparkle(12 comments)posted 3 years, 4 months ago

Wow, seems like we hit a nerve with you, Kimm. Maybe YOU should be the one to put your real name up. Any one of the various aliases you use will suffice. Ask anyone who has ever volunteered what those poor cats look like. How many volunteers have you lost because they cannot stand the blind eye you turn to the animals' suffering? How many people will not bring their fosters back in fear they will die under YOUR care. (Since you are the veterinarian who prescribes and the pharmacist who compounds the drugs for the animals).
You are the coward and the bully who uses animals for your own financial gain. Racking up unpaid bills all over town, begging for goods that you sell and supplies your friends get to use at their homes. Frequent lunches and dinners on the shelter donations. DO YOU THINK PEOPLE DO NOT KNOW THIS???????
You are the worst kind of coward, because you know the animals cannot speak and tell of the atrocities you have done to them.
Maybe it is time you move on yet again and start another life somewhere else with another name. This town is on to you and time is running short for you.
Maybe time in the slammer AGAIN will help you. Go away!!!!!! Youngstown has enough scum - do not need the likes of you. You are as disgusting inside as you are on the outside!!!!

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11Werecat(74 comments)posted 3 years, 4 months ago

So you aren't willing to stand behind your ranting. STFU

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12Sparkle(12 comments)posted 3 years, 4 months ago

You are SUCH a class act. POS. I AM willing to stand behind my words. I have seen what you have done. Do you know how many other people/groups/vets in this area DESPISE you because of what you do to those animals?
Stay in your delusional world with your idiot volunteers who you can con. After all, they get free meals and goods from your donors, so they would never speak out against you. The rest of this town is onto you.
We can only hope that your faux fibro/osteo/thyroid problems you go on and on moaning about inflict on you the pain and agony you have bestowed upon those poor cats. You will pay for what you have done to them.
Don't bother responding. No more time to listen to filth speak!!!!!!

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13Werecat(74 comments)posted 3 years, 4 months ago

Wipe the spit off your chin, dear. Then see above. STFU

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14GoPens(397 comments)posted 3 years, 4 months ago

Nothing like a good cat fight!!! Keep it up ladies!

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15Werecat(74 comments)posted 3 years, 4 months ago

It is kinda funny, isn't it? She's so RABID!!!

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16Sparkle(12 comments)posted 3 years, 4 months ago

Only a true sociopath like you could laugh at any of this, while lining your pockets with donations. So go ahead, you worthless POS. It won't be long till you are out of "business". Then you will have to find some other criminal activity to supplement your disability checks. Oh, by the way, how can you collect disability checks (which you brag to everyone about) and run a shelter? Why can't you get a job doing computer work, since you seem to spend a lot of time on here? Hmmm........ Disability Fraud ????? Big shocker. Another case of Fraud chalked up to your name(s). White Trash Disgusting Loser.
I will STFU when you are gone, not a moment sooner.

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17Werecat(74 comments)posted 3 years, 4 months ago

Well, you've been stalking me for years now and haven't STFU yet. No harm in hoping, though, since you're repetitious and boring.
The letters you send to my house are much more entertaining. The last one was especially funny, in a disturbing sort of way. You actually bothered to cut individual letters out and paste them in a card to spell out your message. OCD much?
Seek help. And, oh yeah, STFU.

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18Sparkle(12 comments)posted 3 years, 4 months ago

Let me assure you POS that I have never sent anything to you or your home or have stalked you. Would not waste my time spending a penny on trash like you or a dime on gas to follow you or stalk you. Seems you have a number of haters in this town. Number grows each day. Not a surprise.
Glad you learned some new vocabulary (STFU). Your idiot friends must think you are SO SMART.
Do the world a favor and overdose. We would all be better off without a drain like you on society.

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19Werecat(74 comments)posted 3 years, 4 months ago

You're taking time to spew all of this venom in the Vindy, visit our shelter and lie about it and have discussions with other people about me? And you're not stalking me? Newsflash, Muffin, your behavior is wierd and stalker-y.
And oh yeah, STFU

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20Sparkle(12 comments)posted 3 years, 4 months ago

Look in the mirror - Betty aka Kimm Werecat
Profile of the Sociopath
*Glibness and Superficial Charm
*Manipulative and Conning
They never recognize the rights of others and see their self-serving behaviors as permissible. They may dominate and humiliate their victims.
*Grandiose Sense of Self
Feels entitled to certain things as "their right."
*Pathological Lying
Has no problem lying coolly and easily and it is almost impossible for them to be truthful on a consistent basis. Can create, and get caught up in, a complex belief about their own powers and abilities. Extremely convincing and even able to pass lie detector tests.
*Lack of Remorse, Shame or Guilt
A deep seated rage, which is split off and repressed, is at their core. Does not see others around them as people, but only as targets and opportunities. Instead of friends, they have victims and accomplices who end up as victims. The end always justifies the means and they let nothing stand in their way.
*Shallow Emotions
When they show what seems to be warmth, joy, love and compassion it is more feigned than experienced and serves an ulterior motive. Outraged by insignificant matters, yet remaining unmoved and cold by what would upset a normal person. Since they are not genuine, neither are their promises.
*Incapacity for Love
*Need for Stimulation
*Living on the edge. Verbal outbursts and physical punishments are normal. Promiscuity and gambling are common.
*Callousness/Lack of Empathy
Unable to empathize with the pain of their victims, having only contempt for others' feelings of distress and readily taking advantage of them.
*Poor Behavioral Controls/Impulsive Nature
Rage and abuse, alternating with small expressions of love and approval produce an addictive cycle for abuser and abused, as well as creating hopelessness in the victim. Believe they are all-powerful, all-knowing, entitled to every wish, no sense of personal boundaries, no concern for their impact on others.
*Early Behavior Problems/Juvenile Delinquency
Usually has a history of behavioral and academic difficulties, yet "gets by" by conning others. Problems in making and keeping friends; aberrant behaviors such as cruelty to people or animals, stealing, etc.
Not concerned about wrecking others' lives and dreams. Oblivious or indifferent to the devastation they cause. Does not accept blame themselves, but blames others, even for acts they obviously committed.
*Promiscuous Sexual Behavior/Infidelity
Promiscuity, child sexual abuse, rape and sexual acting out of all sorts.
*Lack of Realistic Life Plan/Parasitic Lifestyle
Tends to move around a lot or makes all encompassing promises for the future, poor work ethic but exploits others effectively.
*Criminal or Entrepreneurial Versatility
Changes their image as needed to avoid prosecution. Changes life story readily.

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21Werecat(74 comments)posted 3 years, 4 months ago

You can cut and paste! Yay!
Here's a little wikipedia for you and your cronies. I think this reflects you a lot better than your little cut and paste reflects me:

A stalker is someone who engages in stalking.


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22Werecat(74 comments)posted 3 years, 4 months ago

Oh, almost forgot.

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