A Fairmount Township, Pennsylvania man admitted to shooting his wife’s two dogs and then burning them in a barbecue pit after having a contentious argument last year. On Wednesday, in a plea deal with prosecutors, Steven Saxe, pleaded guilty to two misdemeanor counts of animal cruelty.
According to the Citizen’s Voice, the tragic events unfolded on the night of April 13, 2016 when Saxe threatened to shoot his wife and others with a gun after the couple argued. That night Saxe had burst into another home brandishing a 9mm pistol allegedly searching for Mike Bellinger, a friend of his wife. After threatening several people in the home, he left. Later that evening, Saxe was arrested and charged with aggravated assault, carrying a gun without a license, reckless endangerment and harassment.
The next day, Saxe’s wife, Noelle, called authorities reporting her two dogs, Elmo and Lucky missing, and she thought they had been killed. When authorities arrived, they found blood stains on the sidewalk and blood near the front door. Police found the charred bodies of the two dogs in a smoldering fire pit where he tried to dispose of their bodies by burning them so they wouldn’t be found. A necropsy performed revealed each dog had been shot in the head, shoulder and throat; one of the dog’s killed was a hound mix and the other was rescued Shih Tzu.
Saxe faces a maximum fine of $500 for the animal cruelty charges, but still faces four years in prison. Officials state they will ask Luzerne County Judge Joseph F. Sklarosky Jr. to impose a stiff penalty. Saxe currently awaits trial for aggravated assault charges. Rest in peace Elmo and Lucky. We hope you find some justice.
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