The Trumbull County Executive Dog Warden Michelle Goss issued a statement Thursday, Sept. 1, after Deputy Dog Warden Charles Parks was placed on unpaid administrative leave Wednesday.

The statement said "It was brought to my attention by several staff members and volunteers that there was concern for how the dogs were being cared for. Upon investigation into the matter, I concluded that there were multiple issues that were of great concern. As I am mandated by law to report any animal abuse or neglect, I acted swiftly and reported my findings to the Board of Commissioners, as well as the humane investigations department of the Animal Welfare League of Trumbull County. This matter now lies in their hands to process accordingly."

The statement continued "The public has an expectation of a certain level of care for the dogs housed in the Trumbull County Dog Kennel, and rightfully so. I have taken on that responsibility, and I take it very seriously. This isolated incident should not be a reflection on the organization as a whole. As I said, the staff and myself acted swiftly to remedy the matter. We have made major improvements within the organization over the years to ensure that all dogs coming into the facility are given the best care and opportunity for placement into loving homes.

I am confident that the Commissioners, Animal Welfare League, and Warren Municipal Court will do the right thing in this matter."

Parks was charged with two counts of deprivation of food and water to a companion animal and two counts of animal cruelty in Warren Municipal Court Tuesday.


The charges are second-degree misdemeanors, but Parks could face up to 90 days in jail if convicted.


Park will be back in court on Sept. 9 in Judge Terry Ivanchak's court.