Middletown police and Butler County Children Services were called to investigate a Middletown woman who was later charged with felony animal cruelty.
A few days before her arrest this month, police were notified by elementary school officials who were concerned for Tina Marie Jackson’s three children, according to Middletown police reports.
Jackson told police the family was staying in a different house on Oxford State Road because they had no electricity. Police said the Jackson residence had no edible food and the house was in “very much disarray and unlivable,” according to the police report.
Butler County Children Services was contacted.
Jackson later was charged with felony animal cruelty and her case was bound over to the Butler County Grand Jury on Monday morning in Middletown Municipal Court.
Jackson was charged with the felony after several dead animals were found in her backyard of her residence in the 1300 block of Oxford State Road, according to the Butler County Sheriff’s Office.
Four dogs were observed by the humane officers when they arrived on Feb. 16. Two of the dogs were found in dog houses, another one was found in a black plastic tote along with a decapitated dog’s head, according to the sheriff’s office. Jackson said she ran out of dog food and she never provided bedding in the dog houses to keep the dogs warm. She did not offer an explanation for the decapitated dog.