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Case ID: 16768
Classification: Neglect / Abandonment
Animal: cat
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Friday, Oct 22, 2010

County: Beaver

Charges: Misdemeanor
Disposition: Alleged

Alleged: Paul Pistone

An Ambridge man was charged with animal cruelty after he kept two cats in a storage unit without food, New Sewickley Township police reported.

Police Chief Ronald Leindecker said Paul Pistone, 24, of 821 10th St. left the cats without food for at least three days in a storage unit at Freedom Road Self-Storage, 925 Freedom-Crider Road.

Annie Young, an employee at the storage unit company, contacted police Oct. 22 after a customer heard cats' cries coming from inside the unit. New Sewickley police searched the unit and found the cats in a crate with no food.

Another employee, who asked not to be identified, said the storage company's gate system recorded Pistone coming onto the property on Oct. 19 and then not again until Oct. 23 and 24, after police had removed the cats. The company's rental policy prohibits animals on the premises, the employee said.

Leindecker said Pistone contacted police Oct. 24, and said he had nowhere else to keep the cats because he recently moved to the area from Philadelphia.

The cats, which were turned over to New Sewickley animal control, are doing well and will be relocated to a new home, Leindecker said.


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