UPDATED: charges pending after dog's throat slit - abc27 WHTM

UPDATED: charges pending after dog's throat slit

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Courtesy: Det. Appleby Courtesy: Det. Appleby

Police are set to file charges in a violent case of animal cruelty after a dog was found bleeding from the neck in the Middletown area.

Lower Swatara Township Police received a call about an injured dog on Wednesday at around 9:45 a.m.

Officers responded to the scene near Rosedale Avenue and Stoner Drive and found a large male mixed-breed dog, possibly a Rottweiler/blood hound mix, tan and black in color.

The dog did not appear to be struck by a vehicle, but he was bleeding profusely.

During an investigation, authorities discovered human footprints and blood in the woods nearby; police believe the dog was injured there.

Officers were able to stop the bleeding and took the dog to an animal hospital where he underwent emergency treatment and survived.

The unnamed dog will spend 24-48 at Londonderry Animal Hospital, and will then likely be adopted out. Both passersby who found the dog have expressed interest in taking him.

Wednesday night, police said tips generated on abc27's Facebook page led them to two suspects, who have now confessed to cutting the dog with a hunting knife.

Detectives said several counts of animal cruelty and conspiracy to commit animal cruelty are pending. More information on the investigation is expected Thursday morning.

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