Man charged with abusing puppy


A York man is accused of causing severe injuries to an 11-week-old puppy.

Joseph A. Sullivan, 33, is charged with a felony count of aggravated animal cruelty and a misdemeanor count of animal cruelty, according to court records.

State police in York said when the five-pound Chihuahua-mix was treated at a veterinary hospital on Thursday, it had sustained bleeding in the capillaries of its eyes from suspected strangulation, and its airway was compromised to the degree it put the puppy at risk of death.

The puppy was surrendered by the owner to the veterinary office, which already has an adopted family waiting for it, police said.

Sullivan was placed in York County Prison on $15,000 bail.

Aggravated animal cruelty is a relatively new offense in Pennsylvania. It was part of an overhaul of the state’s animal abuse and cruelty laws enacted in August.

Violators convicted of the third-degree felony face up to seven years in jail and a $15,000 fine.

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