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Case ID: 17036
Classification: Burning - Fire or Fireworks, Mutilation/Torture
Animal: dog (non pit-bull)
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Friday, Oct 22, 2010

County: Washington

Charges: Misdemeanor
Disposition: Alleged

Alleged: Thomas William Kakos

A New Eagle man is facing multiple dog law violations over accusations he set fire to a pregnant dog in a barrel behind his residence in October.

Monongahela police said they have been unable to determine whether the dog carrying five unborn puppies was dead or alive when Thomas W. Kakos allegedly set them on fire Oct. 22.

Police received an anonymous call to investigate the case about 10 a.m. that day and found the mother dog badly burned with its stomach cut open outside Kakos' residence at 507 Hill St.

Police Chief Brian Tempest said Kakos, 44, admitted to setting the fire after finding his Chihuahua dead. Kakos further said he cut the dog open to see if its litter was still alive.

Police summoned a state humane officer, who took the animals to be examined by a veterinarian in Harrisburg. The exam was inconclusive, Tempest said.

Citations were filed Tuesday against Kakos charging him with cruelty to animals, disorderly conduct, violating the borough's outdoor burning ordinance and failure to license and vaccinate nine other dogs he owns. He will receive the citations in the mail, police said.


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