Perry Township couple charged in dog abuse case

PERRY TOWNSHIP, Ohio (WKBN) – Criminal charges have been filed against a Perry Township couple over what police said was the negligent care of 28 dogs found in cages and chained up at their West State Street property on June 26.

According to Perry Township Police Chief Mike Emigh, the charges were filed Thursday in Columbiana County Municipal Court by the county dog warden’s office. James Dean, 50, and Amy Dean, 52, both of 1437 W. State St., were each charged with prohibitions concerning companion animals. They are scheduled for arraignment on July 21, according to court records.

Emigh said he also learned the dogs were surrendered to the dog warden and are up for adoption. Many of them can be seen on the dog pound website.

Police were called to the West State Street property on June 26 after a deputy dog warden responded to the address based on an anonymous complaint about the care and condition of the dogs and requested assistance at the scene. A group of 28 dogs was found in what Emigh described as deplorable conditions and were relocated to the dog pound.

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