FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) – A man has been sentenced to spend six months behind bars for starving a dog to death.
After pleading guilty to torturing or mutilating a vertebrate animal in July, Cameron Marcum was sentenced on Tuesday. Marcum was given a two year sentence, six months of which will be spent in prison and a year and a half on probation.
Chelsey Ormsby pleaded guilty to the same charges in July. She will be sentenced in September.
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.