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Arrest made in animal cruelty case


March 23, 2010

Last week, Zone 3 Officer Christine Luffey assisted Western Pennsylvania Humane Society officers on a serious cruelty to animal case in the South Pittsburgh area.

The Humane Society officers responded to a complaint of neglected dogs in the 500 block of N. Fairmont Street. When the officers arrived and spoke with a man who reported to police he resides at the home with his mother on occasion and that the dogs had been removed from the property. The officers were taken to the rear of the property by the individual to verify his statement.

Once in the backyard officers observed a series of dog kennels containing dog houses. One kennel housed a very small and skinny dog with a mucus filled right eye that was completely shut and had serious hair loss. The other kennels were examined and inside two separate doghouses were the emaciated carcasses of two pit bulls. There was no food, water or evidence of recent care for any of the dogs. No footprints or paw prints were observed in the remaining snow leading up to the kennels. One of the dogs had a collar that was still attached to the chain around its neck.

The dogs belonged to a Mark Anthony Williams, 25, who resides at the N. Fairmont Street address. Mr. Williams was arrested without incident and charged with three counts of Cruelty to Animals.

This case is still under investigation by Pittsburgh Police and the Western Pennsylvania Humane Society. Anyone with information concerning this incident is asked to contact Officer Luffey at Zone 3 at 412-488-8425. Callers may remain anonymous.


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