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YOUNGSTOWN — Marian Thomas, 54, of Mistletoe Avenue, was sentenced to a year’s probation and ordered to undergo psychological counseling after pleading guilty to a count of animal cruelty.

Prosecutors and officials from Animal Charity of Ohio, the humane agency for Mahoning County, said Thomas allowed a Cane Corso dog to starve in her home. On examination after the dog’s death, no food was found in the dog’s stomach.

The only things found in the dog’s stomach were a glove and some plastic, prosecutors said. Officials estimated the dog had not eaten for about 10 days.

Prosecutors recommended that Judge John Durkin of the Mahoning County Common Pleas Court sentence Thomas to an indefinite prison term. Thomas, who could have received up to a year in prison, was credited with 14 days spent in the Mahoning County jail awaiting trial.

Her attorney told Durkin last week that Thomas is undergoing mental health treatment.

Thomas has been charged with two counts of animal cruelty because the dog died, and there was also a second emaciated dog in their home that survived. The second charge was dismissed in exchange for her guilty plea.

The charges came after Animal Charity investigated Thomas’s home on November 24. Youngstown Police were with Animal Charity at the time of the investigation.

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