Harmar police accuse man of nearly starving dog to death; felony charges filed

A Harmar man faces felony rates just after law enforcement accused him of leaving his doggy in a crate for weeks and almost starving it to dying.

John Anthony Wells, 23, of the 400 block of Nixon Road was billed with two felony counts of aggravated cruelty to animals alongside with several counts of cruelty and neglect of animals in relationship with an investigation that started Feb. 11, in accordance to his arrest papers.

An arrest warrant was issued for Wells on March 14, court docket data demonstrate. He was taken into custody June 9 and introduced from the Allegheny County Jail after a Pittsburgh bail agency posted a $20,000 bond on his behalf.

Wells faces a preliminary listening to June 27 in advance of District Decide David Sosovicka.

Law enforcement stated the owners of the property Wells rents contacted them Feb. 11 to report that they have been having the canine to an animal clinic mainly because it was emaciated, immediately after recognizing the animal in a cage within his residence.

The property house owners instructed police Wells earlier had introduced the puppy to them as his company animal, the criticism reported.

They stated Wells had not been to the residence for 3 total months to check on the canine, which was rescued by Animal Pals in Ohio Township, according to the criticism.

A veterinarian at the shelter established the puppy was suffering from extraordinary emaciation, the complaint mentioned.

The dog’s ribs had been protruding, and it was struggling from muscle mass atrophy in the entrance and hind legs, law enforcement wrote in Wells’ arrest papers.

Veterinarians use a system-excess weight index to work out an animal’s health with 10 getting the optimum problem, said Cody Hoellerman, a spokesman for Animal Mates.

The dog’s rating was 1 when it was rescued, he claimed.

Investigators pointed out the puppy weighed 29.7 lbs when it was introduced to the shelter. Its body weight amplified to 41.7 lbs . after a thirty day period of good feeding, which is close to what its usual bodyweight should really be.

Hoellerman stated Animal Buddies does not release the names of animals that are portion of rescue operations until finally a choose orders a shelter to just take formal custody of the animal or the operator relinquishes custody to the shelter.

“The puppy was a little on the shy facet when he was introduced in, but, considering the fact that becoming put in foster treatment, he is doing quite properly,” Hoellerman mentioned.

Law enforcement said they did not know how much food and water Wells still left for the pet dog, but equally bowls were being empty when they investigated.

“He may perhaps have still left some foodstuff for the puppy, but unquestionably not sufficient for the time it was in that cage,” law enforcement Chief Jason Domaratz claimed. “The canine was attempting to eat the plastic cage when we identified it.”

Law enforcement mentioned the dog was extremely thin and its fur was matted and stained with urine and feces.

The cage was a lot less than 3 ft lengthy by 3 ft broad by 2 ft tall, in accordance to the grievance.

Tony LaRussa is a Tribune-Assessment team writer. You can speak to Tony at 724-772-6368, [email protected] or through Twitter .