ELYRIA – A county grand jury indicted a woman accused of abandoning two dogs, one of which died, on four animal abuse-related charges Wednesday.
Amanda Pippens, 34, faces charges of abandoning animals, cruelty to animals, misdemeanors, as well as two counts of cruelty to companion animals, one a felony and the other a misdemeanor.
The U.S. Marshals Task Force arrested Pippens and Morris Ellison, 36, in Elyria Sept. 11 The arrest came after police discovered the conditions of two malnourished dogs they are accused of leaving behind at a home from which they were evicted Aug. 20, according to police.
The dogs were found in a yard near Washington Avenue and West Sixth Street in Lorain, weighing half what they should have weighed, authorities said. One of the pit-bull mix dogs died, and the second was recovering at the Grafton Correctional Institute as part of a training program.
Pippens waived a preliminary hearing Sept. 17 at Lorain Municipal Court to go before a county grand jury. Pippens is scheduled for arraignment Nov. 8 in Lorain County Common Pleas Court.
Ellison didn’t appear in court as he was being held in the Cuyahoga County Jail on an unrelated charge. Ellison has a bond forfeiture hearing scheduled at Lorain Municipal Court scheduled for 1 p.m. Nov. 5 before Judge Thomas J. Elwell Jr.