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This dog was hit by a car in March and his owner, Samantha Hall, of Campbell, was charged with pet cruelty after police said she failed to take him to the vet for the get treated. Residents saw that the dog was unable to walk and contacted the town’s mayor, who called the police. Hall was given a 90-day suspended jail sentence on Friday and ordered to pay a $50 fine.

CAMPBELL — Campbell City Court heard two animal cruelty cases Friday morning, both involving pets.

Samantha Hall, 41, of Tenney Avenue, did not contest one count of animal cruelty. Judge Patrick P. Cunning gave him a 90-day suspended jail sentence and a $50 fine. She is not allowed to own an animal for three years.

It’s the result of an incident in March when Hall’s dog was hit by a car and she didn’t take him to a vet for treatment. According to a police report, she told police she didn’t have the money to take her Weimaraner for treatment. Concerned residents who saw the dog unable to walk contacted the mayor of Campbell.

When an officer responded, he found the dog curled up under the bed, where Hall said he had stayed because he couldn’t move. But, she insisted, the dog was fine and not dying. The officer told her that she was not a veterinarian and therefore did not know what type of internal injuries the dog might have had.

At that time, the report notes, the officer told her she had two options: The first was to turn the dog over to the Mahoning County Dog Warden so he could be cared for. She did not like this option and said the dog could not be taken as it was her son’s emotional support animal. The second option was for her to be charged with animal cruelty and given a chance to explain her situation.

An assistant dog sitter arrived to deliver the dog to the pound. Hall’s boyfriend had to carry the dog to the car because he couldn’t get down the stairs on his own, the report said. The dog was treated by a veterinary clinic in Austintown, who determined that the dog had broken pelvises and tailbones and was in severe pain.

According to an update provided by Campbell Police, the dog eventually went to a Weimaraner rescue in upstate New York and has since been adopted.


The second case involved a couple who kept a pot-bellied pig in their basement, which the police report described as “dungeon-like conditions”.

Shawn Kline and Cortney Kline-Carnes, of Chambers Street, face eight charges between them after police executed a search warrant in July and found a 400-pound pig, named Oreo, living in the house.

In court on Friday, the couple’s case was continued and set for a plea change hearing on January 20.

In July, officers found Oreo lying in the dark in a room that smelled strongly of urine and feces, according to a police report. The room had no windows or artificial lighting, and dirty mattresses and blankets littered the floor. The couple claimed that Oreo was an emotional support animal.

Oreo’s hooves were so overgrown that she couldn’t walk to her nearby water, the police report said. Animal rescue workers who assisted police said the pig was dehydrated and likely suffered from arthritis due to being overweight. It took six people to put the animal on a stretcher to get it out of the basement.

Each of them is responsible for the care and maintenance of wild animals, animal cruelty and animal neglect. Kline is also charged with aggravated threat because he threatened to kill the officers if they tried to abduct the pig, according to the report. Kline-Carnes was also charged with obstructing official business.

Oreo was sent to Happy Trails Animal Sanctuary in Ravenna. According to an update provided by Campbell Police, she is now able to get up and walk around on her own, which she recently started doing without motivation, such as food. She is losing weight steadily to get back to a healthy weight, which is 100-150 pounds.

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