Warren woman sentenced to jail for animal cruelty
A Warren woman who police was found at home with a malnourished dog feeding on two dead dogs in her home has been sentenced to six months in jail.
A Warren woman who police found at home with a malnourished dog feeding on two dead dogs in her home has been sentenced to six months in jail.
Tabitha Ballew, 24, was sentenced on Wednesday after pleaded guilty earlier to three counts of animal cruelty.
Ballew was initially charged in March after a neighbor told police that she hadn't heard the dogs barking for about a week she went inside the home.
That's where the woman said she found three dogs in a cage. Two of the dogs were dead, and a third appeared to be severely malnourished.
Police say they witnessed the living dog feeding on the flesh of the dead dogs.
Officers reported smelling a strong stench inside the house, as well as feces, urine, and clothing on the floor in conditions police describe as deplorable.
Police say they found similar conditions in the room belonging to Ballew's three-year-old daughter.
The neighbor told police that Ballew has, in the past, asked her for food so she can feed her daughter, adding that sometimes she cooks for Ballew's daughter because she doesn't have food.
The report said the three-year-old was staying with her father in Niles at the time, and the neighbor believes that the mother was at a friend's home in Girard.
The surviving dog was turned over to a humane agent to find safe shelter and veterinary care.
In addition to the jail sentence, the judge prohibited Ballew from owning companion animals, that she submit to random drug tests and undergo a mental health assessment.