Trial set for couple accused of locking up, killing dog

Mug shots of Cameron J. Marcum and Chelsey L. Ormsby courtesy the Allen County Sheriff's Department.
Mug shots of Cameron J. Marcum and Chelsey L. Ormsby courtesy the Allen County Sheriff's Department.

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE)  Two people charged with torturing or mutilating an animal and cruelty to an animal had their trial date set on Wednesday.

Chelsey Ormsby and Cameron Marcum will be in court August 19.

According to documents NewsChannel 15 received in March, police found a decomposed dog when officers went to serve arrest warrants in October 2013 for Ormsby and Marcum at their home in the 5500 block of Allendale Drive. When officers were clearing the house, they found the body of the dead dog in a bedroom under a child’s bassinet.

There was a large amount of feces and scratch marks all over the wall from where the dog was trying to get out. The drywall was collected as evidence.

Court Documents | Read the full Affidavit for Probable Cause

The couple told police the dog had died about six weeks before. Ormsby said the dog, Tito, was about a year old.  Marcum admitted to hearing the dog bark and scratch at the door.  He said he did not feed the dog or let it out of the bedroom.

In an interview with police, Ormsby said she stopped feeding the dog and that they put Tito in the bedroom because he started fighting with their other dog over food, and they didn’t like him anymore.

The other dog, Mamas, was at the home and taken by Fort Wayne Animal Care and Control (FWACC). Mamas had fleas, hair loss and scabs on her skin. Mamas was also underweight but quickly regained it at the animal shelter.

 

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