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Woman indicted on animal cruelty charge for starved dog

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A Toledo woman accused of leaving a dog to starve to death was indicted Thursday, while the case of another starved dog was dropped.

A Lucas County Grand Jury indicted Tyrice Harkins, 31, of the 900 block of Lincoln Avenue in Toledo, on a single fifth-degree felony charge of animal cruelty. She is accused of abandoning a dog at a home in the 900 block of Sherman Street. The canine’s severely decayed remains were discovered May 30 in a crate in the backyard.

Earlier in the day, Judge Michelle Wagner of Toledo Municipal Court continued Ms. Harkins’ $2,500 surety bond when the case was bound over.

Judge Wagner also dismissed the case against Ralph Neal, Jr., 31, of the 300 block of Palmer Street, at the request of the prosecutor, pending further investigation. He had been accused of neglecting a dog found chained to the back porch of a house in the 900 block of Pinewood Avenue. The dog, named Waylon, was severely emaciated and the chain had become deeply embedded in his neck.

Courtney Schroyer, a cruelty investigator for the Toledo Area Humane Society, said she recently learned Neal had been incarcerated on unrelated charges for some time when Waylon was rescued Aug. 30. She is continuing to investigate to determine who was responsible for caring for the dog during that time.

Waylon is recovering quickly in a foster home with the humane society, while a healthy female dog also rescued from the property has been adopted by a new family.

Contact Alexandra Mester at: amester@theblade.com419-724-6066, or on Twitter @AlexMesterBlade.

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