LANCASTER, Pa. (WHTM) – A Mountville man is facing animal cruelty charges stemming from the abuse of a 14-week-old pit bull, authorities said in news release Wednesday.
Mario S. Crawley is accused of abusing his puppy, Hennessey, for a 2-month period, causing injuries that resulted in her being euthanized in October.
Crawley claimed Hennessey fell from a deck when he brought the pit bull to a city veterinarian hospital on October 8.
Doctors, however, determined the dog was undernourished and had a severed spinal cord. One doctor at the clinic advised that she be euthanized because “there was nothing he could do for the dog,” a criminal report cited.
The criminal report went on to state that Crawley’s mother-in-law called the clinic and said Crawley had beat the dog on prior occasions.
An autopsy later revealed Hennessey suffered a total of 17 fractures, torn ligaments in her vertebral column, and a metabolic problem that was the result of abuse and neglect, not a fall.
Crawley is expected to be arraigned on a misdemeanor and summary count of cruelty to animals charge, according to Lancaster County District Attorney Craig Stedman’s office.
“I am committed to real reform in the area of animal cruelty,” Stedman said Wednesday. “We will zealously prosecute the guilty, but the current law is not well-designed and we need to increase the penalties for the most serious cases.Get breaking news, weather and traffic on the go. Download our News App and our Weather App for your phone and tablet.