A driver who found a canine lying underneath some bushes in Clinton County on Monday considered she experienced been hit by a motor vehicle. Authorities afterwards realized the pet dog had been tied to a tree, shot and remaining for lifeless 10 days just before she was uncovered.
Tips delivered to the Clinton County SPCA led law enforcement to the dog’s operator, a Lycoming County man who has been charged with a number of counts of animal cruelty in the situation.
The Clinton County SPCA contacted Pine Creek Township Law enforcement on Tuesday immediately after the canine, later on determined as a pit bull named Luna, was discovered in the 1700 block of Pine Mountain Road, Wayne Township, according to police.
A driver observed Luna lying under laurel bushes by the highway in the space of a pull-off, in accordance to law enforcement. When SPCA employees obtained to the location, they found that Luna experienced open wounds, with a pink pet dog leash tied to a tree nearby and a few bullet casings in the area.
Though they very first thought she had been hit by a vehicle, an X-ray found that she had two bullets lodged in her system, according to police.
Investigators says they that imagine Luna experienced been tied to the tree but at some point freed herself from her leash.
Only a person of the bullets was ready to be removed from Luna’s system, but the other remains inside her, according to police.
She endured a shattered humerus bone and underwent surgical treatment and is continue to hospitalized, police reported.
The SPCA posted pics of the pet and a description of what occurred, in the hopes that folks would donate toward her veterinary treatment or deliver data on her operator.
“This innocent girl experienced a senseless despicable act by a human,” the shelter wrote.
In the publish, the SPCA specific some of her accidents, including that maggots coated her foot exactly where one particular of the bullets experienced entered.
The shelter, calling her Lucky, has already lifted shut to $10,000, but claimed that she has quite a few significant methods ahead, which include one particular aimed at blocking amputation.
“She will face an intensive amount of restoration and treatment,” the shelter wrote.
Based on the strategies the shelter gained, Pine Creek Township Law enforcement contacted James Standridge of Jersey Shore, Lycoming County.
Standridge determined Luna as his canine and advised law enforcement that he took her to that locale on Jan. 21, and tied her to the tree. He reported he fired three pictures at Luna, according to law enforcement.
The 34-calendar year-previous reported he considered Luna was dead, law enforcement claimed.
Standridge is billed with two counts of felony aggravated cruelty to animals, 1 count of misdemeanor cruelty to animals and a few counts of neglect of an animal, according to law enforcement.
He was arraigned and launched on $50,000 unsecured bail, according to online court dockets. A preliminary listening to is scheduled for Feb. 6.
Any individual who would like to donate to the Clinton County SPCA to support deal with the procedure, care and rehabilitation of Luna can do so by the shelter’s Facebook webpage, its website, or by means of the mail:
Clinton County SPCA
33 Mill Hill Highway
Lock Haven, PA 17745
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