A northern Pennsylvania man was found guilty of one count of animal cruelty Monday for leaving his dogs untreated after they were attacked by a porcupine last fall.
A judge found Anthony Sautner, of Blossburg, Tioga County, guilty of one count of lack of veterinary care in the case involving two dogs – a black lab and a Cocker Spaniel-mix.
According to court documents, on Oct. 8, 2015, a PSPCA Humane Law Enforcement Officer seized the two dogs, named Ace and Dash, from Sautner’s Blossburg home.
Both dogs reportedly had been quilled by a porcupine, and and had suffered severe injuries to the face and body. The quills were still on both dogs when the humane society officer arrived, making it difficult for one dog to eat and causing it to be in an emaciated state. The dogs were signed over to the PSPCA, where they were rehabilitated and ultimately adopted into new homes.
In an unrelated case, a northeast Philadelphia woman pleaded guilty Monday to to failure to providing veterinary care to her dog who was suffering from extreme skin conditions, including crusting, bleeding and open sores and wounds.
Siyeth Kol, of the 2000 block of Tyson Avenue, in the city’s northeast section, let her pit bull suffer with wounds to his legs and paws for an undisclosed amount of time before PSPCA Humane Law Enforcement officers seized the dog for veterinary care. The dog was brought to the PSPCA’s shelter hospital facility, where he was treated. He will be held these until he is healthy enough to be adopted.