Man jailed for dog abuse, neglect

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CLEVELAND -- A 63-year-old northeast Ohio man has been sentenced to six months in jail after humane officers found four emaciated pit bull dogs living in small, feces-filled cages at home.

Willie Powell Jr. of Cleveland also was sentenced to five years of probation and barred from owning animals during that time.

The (Cleveland) Plain Dealer reports that animal control officers found the situation at his home in the Tremont neighborhood in February. He was sentenced Wednesday by a municipal judge.

One of his dogs was euthanized for aggression, two were adopted and the fourth was transferred to a rescue group to receive behavioral training.

Powell has a prior conviction for attempted dog fighting. Jail records did not list an attorney for him.

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