Campbell animal cruelty case draws protests

Tameka Smith of Campbell charged in animal neglect case

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – Animal rights advocates gathered outside Campbell Municipal Court on Friday to protest Tameka Smith.

Police said Smith moved away from her Reed Avenue house and left her dog, Charlie, chained outside. Investigators said the animal was left with no way to get food and starved to death in January.

Animal rights advocates said Smith deserves the harshest punishment possible. She is charged with cruelty to animals.

“Jail time. This animal suffered an absolutely horrific death and I think jail time is definitely sufficient in this case,” animal advocate Jason Cooke said.

Smith had been scheduled to appear for a pretrial hearing on Friday, but it was reset for Nov. 13 at 11 a.m. If found guilty, Smith could face up to 90 days in jail and a $750 fine.

Animal advocates protested outside Campbell City Hall on Jan. 23 during Smith’s initial court appearance.

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