Plea agreements reached in puppy starvation case

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

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) A Fort Wayne couple pleaded guilty Wednesday to torturing or mutilating a vertebrate animal in exchange for having two other charges dropped.

Cameron Marcum and Chelsey Ormsby will be sentenced on August 19 for the death of their puppy Tito, who was found in a decomposed state under a bassinet in a spare bedroom in their Allendale Drive home back in October of 2013. Police went to the home to serve arrest warrants and that’s when they found the dog.

The home on Allendale Drive where the dead dog was found.
The home on Allendale Drive where the dead dog was found.

According to court documents, sometime between June and October of 2013, the two put Tito in the bedroom. Upon their arrest, the couple told police the dog had died about six weeks earlier. Ormsby confessed that Tito was about a year old and Marcum admitted to hearing the dog bark and scratch at the bedroom door. He said he did not feed the dog or let it out of the bedroom.

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

As part of their plea, Ormsby and Marcum will likely see jail time and they won’t be allowed to own any animals.

The two charges dropped as part of the plea were cruelty to an animal and harboring a non-immunized dog.

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