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Case ID: 16871
Classification: Neglect / Abandonment
Animal: dog (pit-bull)
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Judge(s): Larry W. Hopkins

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Monday, Nov 15, 2010

County: Washington

Charges: Misdemeanor
Disposition: Alleged

Alleged: Stanley Steven McDonald

Case Updates: 1 update(s) available

A Washington County man faces two charges of animal cruelty.

Police went into a Charleroi home recently vacated by Stanley McDonald on Second Street and found two pit bulls dead in their cage.

Cathy Cunningham, a Washington County humane officer, told KDKA-TV the dogs died inside their cage probably from water deprivation.

She said they died slow, cruel and brutal deaths. She estimated the dogs were one to two-years-old. They were severely decomposed.

While defending himself, McDonald said he felt devastated by the dogs' deaths. He had to leave the home with his 4-year-old son because there was no heat.

McDonald said a friend of a friend knew someone who'd take the animals.

The neighbor who called authorities because of the smell said she saw McDonald coming and going in recent weeks and was sure he knew the dogs were dead.

Each charge of animal cruelty is punishable with a fine of $750.

Case Updates

Charleroi police have charged a Fallowfield Township man with cruelty to animals after finding two pit bulls starved to death in their cages Monday in a borough house.

Stanley McDonald, 24, of 58 Wheatley Road, was accused of torturing and abusing the animals in a criminal complaint filed Wednesday with District Judge Larry Hopkins.

Police were called to a house where McDonald once lived at 802 Rear Second St. about 1 p.m. by a neighbor, Lisa Perry, who reported a foul smell, the court record indicates. The officer approached the front door, and he smelled a strong odor of something decomposing, the record shows.

Officer Michael Carcella entered the house to investigate the odor and found the remains in a double cage on the dining room floor, without any food or water bowls for the animals, the record indicates.

Perry told police she rarely saw McDonald, and that he only visited the house late at night, the record indicates. She said she hadn't seen him for two weeks, and the smell by that time had already been present, police stated in the record.

Carcella said McDonald gave him permission to enter the house upon speaking with him on a cell phone.

McDonald was charged with two misdemeanor counts and two summary offenses of cruelty to animals.

He has been scheduled to appear for a preliminary hearing before Hopkins at 9:30 a.m. Jan. 3.
Source: - Nov 19, 2010
Update posted on Dec 9, 2010 - 10:39AM 


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