Woman accused of throwing deaf, blind dog across driveway, hitting it with shovel in Warren
A Campbell woman has pled not guilty in court on Wednesday to breaking into a Warren home and injuring a deaf and blind dog who lived there.
According to a police report from Warren PD, police responded to a home on the 1500 Block of Elm Road on August 10 in reference to a burglary in progress when a homeowner's security alarm activated when she was out of the home.
Upon arrival, police spoke with the suspect, later identified as 43-year-old Eatta Clardy and asked her for her name and whether or not she was supposed to be at the home.
Police say Clardy claimed her name was "seven" and repeatedly claimed that she lived at the home. Police say they recognized Clardy from her allegedly causing a disturbance elsewhere the previous day.
When police entered the home, they found no one inside, but say there were pictures of the homeowner and her family and Clardy did not appear in any of them.
Police then spoke with the homeowner who told officers she saw video evidence of Clardy taking her 17-and-a-half-year-old dog named Ellie and throwing it across her driveway "like a shot put."
The homeowner further told police that Clardy grabbed a shovel and struck Ellie repeatedly with it. Police say Ellie had severe lacerations and was taken to a vet hospital by some bystanders. The homeowner says Ellie is both deaf and blind.
Police say Clardy also took the homeowner's mail, opened it and scattered it around the house.
Clardy was placed under arrest and charged with burglary. Police say they were going to speak with prosecutors to consider filing additional charges related to the alleged dog attack.
21 News spoke to Trumbull County Assistant Prosecutor, Chuck Morrow who tells us Ellie has since been euthanized. Court records show an additional charge of injuring animals, a first-degree misdemeanor had since been added.
According to court records, Clardy pled not guilty to her charges during her arraignment on Wednesday and her bond had been set at $25,000. She is due back in court on November 8 for a pretrial hearing.
Prosecutors say the defense is looking to file a motion for a competency hearing for Clardy and also looking to file a motion for a plea of not guilty by reason of insanity.