Warning: Details of animal cruelty may be too disturbing for some readers.
The owner of Triangle Pet Animal Control services in PA, facing multiple charges, has challenged the validity of the state inspections which found filthy kennel conditions and neglected animals. And there are new details on the criminal charges related to the death of a dog at Triangle Pet:
The charges against [owner] Bernard Dudash and kennel manager Paul McIntyre are summary offenses. Possible penalties are a maximum fine of $750 and/or up to 90 days in jail.
Records indicate that Triangle employees picked up a medium-sized brown and white mixed breed dog in Ross on Sept. 11. A state dog warden saw the dog at the Triangle facility on Oct. 1 and told employees the dog was emaciated and needed veterinary care.
The dog did not receive treatment and died in its cage on Oct. 4, according to the [Western Pennsylvania] Humane Society.
The article does not clarify whether the dog was emaciated upon impound and I don’t know if that information is publicly available. But it’s reasonable to question whether a facility in a Pay by the Body Bag agreement with the state would spend any money on things like pet food for the animals in its care. After all, pets who die in their cages represent revenue, without the added expense of euthanasia drugs or labor.
One of the 58 municipalities which contracts with Triangle Pet is Pittsburgh. When the president of the city council heard reports of wrongdoing at the Triangle pet facility, she took action:
Pittsburgh City Council President Darlene Harris sent her own employees undercover into Triangle Pet Control in McKees Rocks and claims they saw horrifying abuse.
“When my staff member went out, he actually saw a needle going into the mouth of one of the animals to euthanize it,” she said.
They found another animal slowly dying.
“It had a tomato can on its head,” she said. “They said it suffocated.”
Her employees also photographed a dumpster which was reportedly full of animals – both dead and living. The images were deemed too graphic for broadcast by the news agency which has been reporting on the Triangle Pet case. Pittsburgh has since canceled its contract with Triangle Pet.
This will definitely be a case worth watching for developments.
(Thank you to reader Bernadette for sending me these links.)