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Sunday, Apr 30, 2006County: Westmoreland
Alleged: Amber Michael
Humane officers have filed three charges in an animal abuse case in Westmoreland County.
Officers say several dogs were living in deplorable conditions in a home in Monessen.
Two of them died and one is still in that house.
Officials say the four dogs were abused and extremely malnourished.
"There's no flesh on this dog," said Humane Society officer Cathy Bricker. "You can feel all the vertebrae, you can feel the hips, you can feel the scapula, you can feel the back bone."
Skip Campbell lives next door.
He says the owners moved out two months ago but didn't take the dogs with them.
Campbell says one of the dogs, named Molly, has been living outside for the past two months living with garbage bags full of feces and flies.
If it wasn't for Campbell taking care of her she too would have died.
"I've been feeding it and giving it a bath now and then and a walk," said Campbell.
When the humane society found out about the deplorable conditions they left a warning for the homeowners.
Within a few hours one of the owners, Amber Michael, brought the dogs to the center, claiming she didn't own the dogs, but found them abandoned.
"I looked at her intake form and it was the name that was in the mailbox," said Bricker.
Bricker has told Michael to bring in the other dog that is still trapped inside the house.
If she doesn't cooperate, Bricker says she will obtain a search warrant to rescue it.
- KDKA - July 23, 2006
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