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Man accused of killing canine

Police looking into whether dogs were being eaten at Warren home

WARREN — A Warren couple faces charges after one was arrested on a warrant through Canton police after accusations surfaced that he skinned a dog, and the other was accused of lying to police when the remains of dogs were found in a fire pit outside their home.

Scott Winter, 46, 1757 Palmyra Road SW, Warren, will appear in Canton Municipal Court today on a felony charge of prohibitions concerning companion animals, court records state. Winter is accused of strangling a dog at a Canton home in March and killing it, his arrest warrant states. Winter is accused of skinning the dog and posting the act on social media, Tribune Chronicle news partner WKBN-27 reports.

Winter’s girlfriend, Vicky Young, 32, was arrested on a charge of falsification Wednesday when police came to their Warren home to arrest Winter. Young tried to lie to police about canine bones found outside in a fire pit, a police report states. Young appeared in Warren Municipal Court Thursday, where she pleaded not guilty and was ordered to have no animals of any kind in her environment.

Police questioned Young about other animals seen at the residence and she gave permission for them to search the home, a police report states. Outside in a fire pit, police saw animal bones and a portion of an animal skull that Young at first said were steak and chicken bones, the report states.

Young told police she knew nothing about the skull in the fire pit, then stated it may be a raccoon before saying it wasn’t her dog because her dog ran away, the report states. When pressed by a detective, Young admitted it was her dog that she said was struck and killed by a Jeep and Winter recommended burning it because she thought burying it was illegal, the report states.

Warren Law Director Gregory Hicks said the home is in deplorable condition. Inside the home a spiral notebook labeled “Dogs” in magic marker was found and in it were various recipes, although the recipes refer to using chicken and not dogs, Hicks said. There was also a fire pit inside the home that appeared to be used for cooking, Hicks said.

“I cannot tell you at this point in time in the investigation if dog meat was being substituted for chicken meat,” Hicks said. “All of this is under investigation. This took us all aback, both the officers and my staff, by what we found there.”

Canton police did not return calls seeking comment and a police report from that department was not available.

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