Woman gets six months behind bars for starving dog

Mug shot of Chelsey Ormsby courtesy the Allen County Sheriff's Department.

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) – A second person who pleaded guilty to locking up and starving a dog to death was sentenced to prison time on Thursday.

Chelsey Ormsby was sentenced to six months. She pleaded guilty to torturing or mutilating an animal in July.

Mug shot of Cameron J. Marcum courtesy the Allen County Sheriff's Department.
Mug shot of Cameron J. Marcum courtesy the Allen County Sheriff’s Department.

Cameron Marcum pleaded guilty to the same charges and received the same sentence in August.

According to court records, sometime between June 2013 and October 2013 Ormsby and Marcum abandoned a dog in their home.

Police found the decomposed dog when officers went to serve arrest warrants in October 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 couple said the dog had died about six weeks prior. 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, 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.

Ormsby and Marcum pleaded guilty to torturing or mutilating a vertebrate animal in July in exchange for having two other charges dropped.

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