Arrest warrant issued after dog found abandoned in cage for weeks

Harmar Township police are asking for the public’s assistance in finding a man accused of animal abuse and neglect. Police say it was on Feb. 11 when they were called to a home along Nixon Road in Cheswick that 23-year-old John Anthony Wells was renting. They found a dog crated in the basement with no food or water and described their condition as ’emaciated.’ The landlords of the property told Pittsburgh’s Action News 4 they were checking the utilities in the home, after not seeing Wells for weeks, when they heard a dog barking in the basement. The landlords said the dog was introduced to them by Wells as a service dog. Landlords told police Wells had not been in the property for three weeks, believing that the dog was locked inside the crate during that duration. Police said the dog had matted fur that was stained with urine and fecal matter. The dog was taken to Animal Friends Rescue where doctors found the dog was extremely emaciated and showing signs of extreme hydration and malnourishment. “(The) examination determined the dog’s body weight was 29.7 pounds; the body score was listed as 1 (signifying extreme emaciation), muscle atrophy of the front and hind legs, including the hips; and an MCS (muscle condition score) listed as severe,” police stated in the criminal complaint for Wells. On March 10, Wells allegedly showed up to the property questioning the landlords about his mail, while making no mention of the dog. Police said the dog has since gained weight and is expected to be OK.Anyone with information regarding Wells’ whereabouts is asked to contact police.

Harmar Township police are asking for the public’s assistance in finding a man accused of animal abuse and neglect.

Police say it was on Feb. 11 when they were called to a home along Nixon Road in Cheswick that 23-year-old John Anthony Wells was renting. They found a dog crated in the basement with no food or water and described their condition as ’emaciated.’

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The landlords of the property told Pittsburgh’s Action News 4 they were checking the utilities in the home, after not seeing Wells for weeks, when they heard a dog barking in the basement. The landlords said the dog was introduced to them by Wells as a service dog.

Landlords told police Wells had not been in the property for three weeks, believing that the dog was locked inside the crate during that duration.

Police said the dog had matted fur that was stained with urine and fecal matter.

The dog was taken to Animal Friends Rescue where doctors found the dog was extremely emaciated and showing signs of extreme hydration and malnourishment.

“(The) examination determined the dog’s body weight was 29.7 pounds; the body score was listed as 1 (signifying extreme emaciation), muscle atrophy of the front and hind legs, including the hips; and an MCS (muscle condition score) listed as severe,” police stated in the criminal complaint for Wells.

On March 10, Wells allegedly showed up to the property questioning the landlords about his mail, while making no mention of the dog.

Police said the dog has since gained weight and is expected to be OK.

Anyone with information regarding Wells’ whereabouts is asked to contact police.

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