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Couple pleads guilty in puppy's starvation death

A Fort Wayne couple who let their puppy starve to death pleaded guilty Wednesday in Allen Superior Court, each to a felony charge.

Cameron J. Marcum and Chelsey L. Ormsby, both 26, and of the 5500 block of Allendale Drive, each pleaded guilty to torturing or mutilating a vertebrate animal.

As part of their plea agreement with prosecutors, neither of them can may legally own or possess any animal and may be visited without notice by Fort Wayne Animal Care & and Control during their probation period.

They will be sentenced to two years in prison or an alternative, such as community corrections, but 182 days of the sentence will be suspended. They will serve 1 1/2 years on probation.

They were charged this year after an investigation into the death of a puppy named Tito. His decomposing body was found in a bedroom under a child’s bassinet. He had been slowly starved to death, deprived of food, water and human contact for months.

His body was discovered in October when police went to serve arrest warrants on the couple.

Two other charges – cruelty to an animal, a misdemeanor, and harboring a non-immunized dog, an infraction – will be dismissed at sentencing in August, according to court documents.