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Case ID: 16780
Classification: Neglect / Abandonment
Animal: dog (pit-bull)
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Thursday, Nov 4, 2010

County: Allegheny

Disposition: Alleged

Abuser names unreleased

Police are investigating after finding a dead dog dangling from a chain around its neck in a West Mifflin pool on Thursday.

So far, no charges have been filed against the Francis Street homeowner. Police are looking into whether the dog's death was the result of neglect.

"It appears the dog was trying to obtain water and fell into the pool which was dry, except a little water on the bottom," said West Mifflin police Chief Ken Davies.

A postal worker called police after seeing the dog in the pool.

When authorities arrived at the home, two dogs were seen chained up, with their restraints tangled. A third dog was in a cage in the back yard of the home, authorities said.

Humane Society officers said they've been called to the home in the past, but said conditions were much worse on Thursday.

Borough code enforcement officers were called in with the Western Pennsylvania Humane Society. Police said officers discovered several code violations at the home.

Police continue to investigate.


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