In Pittsburgh’s Brighton Heights area, authorities are saying a woman started a fire in her home late Friday morning and stabbed three of her dogs to get rid of “evil spirits.” Two of the dogs died; one dog was rushed to the Pittsburgh Specialty & Emergency Center.
According to CbsLocal Pittsburgh, the elderly woman, who has not bee identified, has been suffering from mental illness and had been treated in the hospital a month ago. Neighbor Paul Klemz told media the woman had knocked on his door, and she had been obviously in a very distressed emotional state:
“She had a gash on her hand and she was shaking and crying, and said she had to get out of the house and she had to set the house on fire to get rid of evil spirits. Then she had to stab the dogs that were attacking her.”
Klemz knows the woman’s family, and acknowledges the tragedy of the entire situation. Mental illness can be a very difficult condition to diagnose and treat. The woman was taken to Mercy hospital. Police are investigating the incident. It is not known if any charges will be filed at this time. Most of the damage to the home was in the kitchen.
Rest in peace sweet dogs. No updates have been provided for the condition of the surviving dog.
(Photo of woman stabbing her dogs to get rid of “evil spirits” screenshot via WtaeNews)
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