Two months after a Youngstown man was indicted on animal cruelty charges, Youngstown State University Police have arrested the suspect.

It was back in November that 25-year-old Lamont Thomas was indicted by the Mahoning County Grand Jury after humane agents found the remains of a dog chained in the back yard of his South Side home.

Thomas, who is charged with violating Ohio’s law concerning companion animals, was arrested by campus police at Kilcawley Center on Tuesday.


Lamont Thomas


Jane MacMurchy of Animal Charity of Ohio says agents found the dead dog chained to a pole behind Thomas’s St. Louis Avenue home this past September. MacMurchy told 21 News that there was no indication that the dog named “Jax” had been fed or given water for several weeks.

If convicted, Thomas could face a penalty of six months to one year in jail.

A message posted along with a photo of the dog’s remains on Animal Charity’s Facebook page states “We will make sure justice will be served for you Jax.”