As once-emaciated Marvin the dog is improving, Middletown woman pleads guilty to animal cruelty

A Middletown woman has pleaded guilty misdemeanor cruelty to a companion animal after she turned her severely emaciated dog into an animal rescue last month.

Joseph’s Legacy, a local animal rescue, received a canine on Feb. 12, that was so severely emaciated they had to report the dog and its condition to the Butler County Dog Warden’s Office.

Ashley Kubilus, 27, of the 2300 block of Oxford State Road, told dog warden she had the dog for approximately two years and was unable to care for it appropriately.

“This is not rocket science, you get a pet, you feed and take care of the pet or you give it to someone who will,” said Butler County Sheriff Richard Jones. “This dog had been starved so badly I’m not sure how it is still alive right now. She claimed she ran out of room because of buying new furniture so she kept it in a cage in the basement. The treatment of this animal is disgusting.”

Joseph’s Legacy is caring for Marvin, believed to be a golden retriever mix. The dog has gained 37 pounds in the past few weeks, according to Meg Melampy, Joseph’s Legacy’s executive director.


“He is just the perfect dog,” she said, adding many people have stepped forward to adopt Marvin, who should be ready to got to his new home in a few weeks.

Kubilus pleaded guilty on Tuesday in Middletown Municipal Court to the first-degree misdemeanor.

A pre-sentence investigation has been ordered for Kubilus, who is scheduled to be sentenced April 16. The crime carries a maximum sentence of 180 days in jail.

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