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Akron Humane Society

Summit County horse starvation case results in conviction

State v. Sixto Gutierrez, a case we prosecuted for the Pawsibilities Humane Society of Greater Akron in Stow Municipal Court.

Defendant Gutierrez pleaded guilty to animal cruelty for the starvation of 3 horses, including a young colt. All of the horses recovered under the care of Happy Trails Farm Animal Sanctuary, Inc.

Gutierrez is not permitted to possess animals of any kind for 5 years and is subject to random inspections to ensure compliance. He must pay a $100 fine and court costs. He faces 90 days in jail and the reinstatement of the remaining $400 in fines if he fails to comply with the terms of probation.

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Hudson resident, Dowdell, guilty of animal neglect

State v. Howard Dowdell, a case we prosecuted for the Humane Society of Greater Akron.

Dowdell was found guilty of 3 counts of companion animal cruelty in a case alleging neglect of 6 dogs in his care. The veterinary report noted dogs that were very thin, dehydrated and/or infested with whipworms and hookworms. One stool sample was dry, containing leaves, grass and rocks. Decomposed puppies were found in a trash bag on the property, cause of death unknown. All dogs were surrendered to the Humane Society.

Dowdell is prohibited from owning or possessing dogs for 5 years and is subject to random inspections. If he violates those terms, he can serve up to 90 days in jail. He was fined $500, of which $250 was suspended, and must pay $1,000 restitution to the Humane Society.

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Barberton man convicted of starving dogs

State v. Mark Grizer, a case we prosecuted for the Humane Society of Greater Akron was resolved today.  Grizer was convicted of two counts of companion animal cruelty for allowing two of his dogs to become emaciated.  The animals were found in filthy conditions.  Grizer surrendered the dogs, who have been rehabilitated and are both doing well in their new homes.

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As a part of the sentence in this case, the Magistrate at the Barberton Municipal Court prohibited Grizer from possessing animals of any kind indefinitely.  This means that

Grizer will be unable to possess animals for life, unless the Court orders otherwise at a later date.  Grizer must also submit to random inspections for 5 years to make sure that he has no animals.  He must also repay the Humane Society for veterinary costs.  If he violates the terms of his sentence, Grizer faces up to 90 days in jail, a $100 fine and court costs.

 

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