On July 17, with the assistance of North Fayette Police Department, HARP’s Humane Animal of Pittsburgh Police Officers executed a search warrant on a property in North Fayette Township. Officials were investigating neighbors’ concerns regarding the home’s unsanitary conditions and the animals’ welfare. Upon entering, officers found the conditions inside the home deplorable, with an overwhelming odor of dog urine and feces.
Twenty-seven (27) dachshunds were found on the property, suffering from malnourishment, dental disease, many have large clumps of matted fur, overgrown nails (which can make walking difficult), and several appear to have eye infections. Sadly, one dachshund was deceased. The animals were transported to Humane Animal Rescue of Pittsburgh’s East Side domestic shelter. Once at HARP, the animals were evaluated by the medical and animal care teams and given needed care and treatments.
On July 31, charges were filed against the owner of the dachshunds removed from the home. The owner was charged with six (6) counts of aggravated cruelty to animals – a felony in the third degree; seventeen (17) counts neglect of animals (lack of necessary veterinary care) – a misdemeanor of the third degree; twenty-six (26) counts neglect of animals (lack of food and water) – a summary offense; twenty-six (26) counts neglect of animals (lack of access to clean and sanitary shelter) – a summary offense; and twenty-one (21) counts of neglect of animals – a summary offense.
Each year, HARP’s trained and certified Humane Investigation team fields reports of suspected animal neglect and cruelty investigating over 2,000 calls. Anyone who suspects neglect, abuse, abandonment of pets, or animal fighting within Allegheny County is urged to contact our Humane Investigations Department at 412-345-7300 ext. 252 or by email at email@example.com
Since their arrival at HARP, the dogs have been receiving the care and love they need, including oral surgery and eye enucleations due to dental disease and eye infections suffered in their former home.
HARP relies on the support of the community to continue to provide the care for animals like the rescued dachshunds. Please consider donating to help these poor dogs. Every dollar donated will help give them the care they need and the love they deserve.