GREENWOOD TOWNSHIP, Pennsylvania- Three residents of Mahaffey, Clearfield County, are facing charges of animal cruelty after an incident involving a male English Mastiff dog was discovered on November 24th along Steep Hill Road in Greenwood Township, northeast of Mahaffey. The dog, known both as Duke and Chicken Pot Pie, was found with a shoestring tied around its muzzle and a gunshot wound to the head.
The president of Animals Matter of Clearfield County Inc. reported the incident to state police at Troop C, Clearfield. The dog was found in deplorable health and was taken to two different animal hospitals for treatment. It was confirmed during the dog’s travels that he had suffered a gunshot wound.
Three individuals, including a 16-year-old male, a 31-year-old female, and a 60-year-old male, have admitted to acts of animal cruelty against the dog. Their names have not been released, and charges of aggravated cruelty to an animal, cruelty to an animal, neglect of an animal, and conspiracy are expected to be filed.
The case is expected to be handled by Houtzdale Magisterial District Judge James B. Glass. Animals Matter of Clearfield County Inc. has been advocating for justice for the dog and using social media to bring attention to the case.
The three suspects may face serious legal consequences for their cruel actions, as the authorities are pursuing charges related to aggravated animal cruelty. The incident has sparked outrage among animal lovers in the community and serves as a reminder of the importance of responsible pet ownership and the consequences of animal abuse.