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Case ID: 17012
Classification: Neglect / Abandonment
Animal: dog (pit-bull)
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Friday, Dec 3, 2010

County: Allegheny

Charges: Misdemeanor
Disposition: Alleged

Alleged: Lionel Brown

Case Updates: 1 update(s) available

Animal control officers said they found two dead dogs at an abandoned home in North Versailles.

Police said they removed the bodies of the dogs on Friday, while another dog could be heard barking from inside of the house.

Channel 11 News was there as a friend of the homeowner came to remove the third dog from the house on Ridge Street.

According to the friend, the owners moved away but would occasionally return to check on the dogs. The man also said that people come to the property and drop off dogs.

Animal control officers said they have a history with the homeowner.

"We are familiar with this particular person; he has prior offenses and a prior conviction. So the charges will be elevated to a misdemeanor level at this point," said Humane Society Police Officer Cathy Bricker.

Police have not released the name of the homeowner who will face animal cruelty charges.

Case Updates

Two dogs were found dead and a third barely alive Friday at a vacant house in North Versailles.

Channel 4 Action News' Ari Hait reported that neighbors said they saw one of the dogs in a kennel in the yard of the house on Ridge Avenue, and officers found the emaciated dog chained to a spike in the ground.

"Myself and the humane officer guesstimated the weight to be about 18 to 23 pounds, where typically the dog should be about 45 pounds-plus," said Ken Ferree, an animal control officer for North Versailles.

Behind the house, another dog was found dead in the corner of the yard, Hait reported.

"There was a couple bags of trash, and it was thrown amongst the trash behind the back of the house," said Ferree.

Ferree also said officers were called to the property two weeks ago because of the dog in the kennel, and they found the dog to be healthy at that time, but they didn't know about the second dog.

Dog owner Lionel Brown told Channel 4 Action News' Ari Hait off-camera that a third dog that was inside the house, which is still alive, belongs to him.

But Brown said the dog that died in the kennel was his sister's.

Brown told Hait that he usually stops at the house to feed the dogs, but hasn't in recent days because he thought his sister was doing so.

When asked about the dog found dead by the trash bags, Brown said he "didn't know nothing."

Charges have yet to be filed.
Source: - Dec 4, 2010
Update posted on Dec 4, 2010 - 1:11AM 


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