Dog had to be put down

Couple’s dog beaten so badly he had to be put down

A Pennsylvania couple’s dog was beaten so badly that he had to be put down. The authorities allege that Paul Finerty and his girlfriend, Sarah Westfall, abused a dog named Rusty so badly that he had to be humanely euthanized.

As reported by CBS Pittsburgh, a criminal complaint states that Finerty threw Rusty into a wall, hit the dog in the head and even shot Rusty with a dart gun. Westfall allegedly failed to get the injured dog veterinary care and even lied about owning the dog.

The Duquesne couple’s home was described as “deplorable” by detectives who visited the residence. The authorities observed feces and urine on the floor, and observed holes in the wall which are believed to be from a dart gun.

The news agency reports that a “veterinary forensic expert determined Rusty had been hit in the head several times, causing him to lose sight in his right eye and lose a tooth. The head trauma, along with spinal trauma, made Rusty unable to walk.”

The couple are facing multiple counts of neglect of animals, aggravated cruelty to animals and cruelty to animals. WPXI reports that Westfall has been jailed and the authorities are still searching for Finerty.

(Screenshot via WPXI News)

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