Warren woman charged with letting dogs run

Staff report


Police have charged a 38-year-old city woman with allowing five dogs to run at large after animal agents found 13 dogs living in deplorable conditions Tuesday.

Christina A. Roland of 2005 Oak Street SW was charged with the minor misdemeanor offenses Wednesday by the Warren animal-control officer after he was called to her house Tuesday morning to check on the welfare of the dogs.

When he arrived at the front door, Roland opened the side door and allowed five of the animals to run free. The eight others ran off shortly afterward. It took animal-control officer John Onatz and others four hours to recover the dogs, including four puppies, Onatz said.

The Animal Welfare League of Trumbull County and Trumbull County Dog Warden’s office assisted in recovering the animals, and the Animal Welfare League may be adding charges, Onatz said.

Dogs also had to be removed from the same home about 18 months ago, Onatz said. The animals recovered Tuesday will remain in the AWL facilities or county dog kennel for 10 days and then made available for adoption, Onatz said.

One was covered in fleas, but they did not appear to have serious health problems despite odor indicating that they were living in unsanitary conditions, Onatz said.

Meanwhile, officials with the Warren Health Department also went to the home and concluded that Roland cannot live there anymore because of unsanitary conditions.

Bob Pinti, deputy health commissioner, said he doesn’t believe the home can be repaired to make it habitable, but Roland has indicated she won’t leave. Court eviction proceedings may be necessary, Pinti said. One possible outcome will be for the home to be demolished, he added.

The home is not far from one on Hamilton Street Southeast where officials discovered five dead dogs and four dead kittens inside and outside of a home in deplorable condition in November 2012.

Tiffany Charlton, 30, and her boyfriend, Michael Kelley, 33, were convicted of animal cruelty and were sentenced to 45 days in the Trumbull County Jail in the case.

Tiffany’s father, Randall Charlton, 60, was convicted of disorderly conduct and placed on two years’ probation for having four malnourised dogs at his house at the same time. That home was near his daughter’s, also on Hamilton Street.

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