Animal cruelty charges filed against trio in Clearfield County dog shooting

MAHAFFEY, Pennsylvania – Three individuals from Mahaffey, Clearfield County, are facing charges of animal cruelty after a disturbing incident was discovered on November 24th in Greenwood Township, northeast of Mahaffey.

According to state police at Troop C, Clearfield, the president of Animals Matter of Clearfield County Inc. reported finding an English Mastiff male dog with a shoestring tied around its muzzle and a gunshot wound to the head.

The dog, known as Duke or Chicken Pot Pie, was found to be in deplorable health and was taken to VCA Metzger Animal Hospital in State College and then to a Pittsburgh Blue Pearl Pet Hospital. It was confirmed during these travels that Duke 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 community and the organization Animals Matter of Clearfield County Inc. have been rallying for justice for Duke, and the case is expected to be handled by Houtzdale Magisterial District Judge James B. Glass. This disturbing incident has sparked outrage and calls for stricter laws to protect animals from cruelty and neglect.

In conclusion, the community is shaken by the horrific case of animal cruelty, and there is a strong demand for justice for Duke. The individuals responsible for this heinous act are expected to face charges and the legal process to hold them accountable is underway.