The owner of a puppy who was starved and brutally beaten may not face charges. According to Monday’s publication of PennLive, though a veterinarian for the Lancaster SPCA determined that the puppy suffered a brutal beating, and was starved, an email from a county detective indicates that charges won’t be filed.
The puppy, a 14-week-old pit bull mix, did not survive the injuries – a press release from the Lancaster SPCA outlined the multitude of injuries which she suffered, including broken bones, shattered teeth, and paralysis of the back legs, which left her unable to stand and in excruciating pain. The puppy’s injuries were so severe that she was humanely euthanized after her owner surrendered her to the shelter on October 11.
The man who surrendered the grievously injured puppy initially told staff at the shelter that she had been hit by a car…the same man told a different shelter employee that the puppy was injured after falling from a two-story building.
Dr. Mike Descant, the shelter’s veterinarian, carefully examined the puppy’s body and determined that her injuries were not consistent with being struck by a car, or falling from a building. Instead, Dr. Descant determined that her wounds were consistent with being abused. After the puppy was examined, the shelter advised the authorities that this was a clear case of animal cruelty. The allegations of abuse were substantiated by a necropsy performed by Dr. Jason Brooks, a forensic pathologist at Penn State – Dr. Brooks determined that the puppy had suffered beatings over a two-week period of time.
Though the email from earlier this month indicates that there will be no charges in this case, district attorney spokesman Brett Hambright has stated that the case is still open.