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Campbell police seize dog as evidence in animal cruelty case

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CAMPBELL, Ohio -  Campbell police have taken a dog as evidence in what they're calling a case of animal cruelty.

It's not clear how long the pit-bull mix had been chained outside a home on Gladstone Street, or if the sores on the dogs feet were due to the extreme cold. But after an animal rights group called police, they felt there was enough evidence to take the dog and charge the owner with animal cruelty.

"He has sores on his feet, sores on rib, sores are on his back, sores around his face," described Chief Andrew Rauzan. "His dog bowl is frozen over."

The owner of the dog, 56 year-old William Turner, wasn't home at the time but, later turned himself into police.

Neighbors who were home, came out to testify what they've seen.

"The dog is out here 24/7 he doesn't know what it is to be inside that house," said Neighbor Donna Rivera. "He's out here whether it be 100 degrees weather or whether it's below zero, the dog has been out here since they got him."

Campbell Police are sending a strong message, that just like any crime, animal cruelty won't be tolerated.

"Don't leave your dog outside in the cold, don't leave it outside in the heat, give your animals food, give your animals water, you'll have no problems with the police department, if not we'll take the animal we'll try to put you in jail," said Chief Rauzan.

Turner has been released on bond. He is scheduled to be arraigned in court next week.

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