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Stow Municipal Court

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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