ELYRIA — A man and woman were arraigned Wednesday in Lorain Municipal Court on Wednesday afternoon for allegedly starving two dogs in August.
The U.S. Marshals Service, Northern District of Ohio, arrested Amanda Pippens, 34, and Morris Ellison, 36, without incident Tuesday, according to U.S. Marshal Task Force member Nathan Lupica. Authorities found them at a Georgia Avenue address in Elyria.
Lorain police identified the two as the suspects linked to an animal cruelty case in late August. Two pit bull-mix dogs were rescued from a yard near Washington Avenue and West Sixth Street on Aug. 20 after neighbors found them emaciated and malnourished.
Lorain police Officer Rick Broz said police determined the dogs were left on the property when the tenants moved out in the middle of the night following an eviction. Broz said the owners would have had to neglect the animals for weeks before they were found due to the state they were in.
Broz estimated the dogs were roughly half their standard weight, with each supposed to be between 40 and 50 pounds. Neither dog was injured or diseased despite the malnutrition.
The two were treated at Lorain Animal Clinic Inc., where one of the dogs died, according to Friendship Animal Protective League Executive Director Greg Willey.
The other dog is recovering at the Grafton Correctional Institute. The dog is there as a part of a program that sees inmates training dogs. Inmates also are specifically teaching slow feeding to the surviving dog.
“It’s a slow process, but at the same time the dog could hurt itself if it overeats,” Willey said.
Pippens and Ellison each face cruelty to animals and abandoning animals charges, according to the Lorain County Sheriff’s Office. They both received $5,000 bonds and have preliminary hearings at 1 p.m. Monday.