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Dead dogs removed from McKeesport garage

| Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2013, 5:06 a.m.

The carcasses of three dogs have been removed from the garage of an abandoned house at 2802 Grover St. in McKeesport.

City police were called Sunday at 4:42 p.m. when O&P Rescue owner Randy Kovach found the bodies. Kovach said someone called his McKeesport-based organization to report the deceased animals.

“We checked the abandoned house,” he said. “It looked like someone was staying there. We didn't find the dogs (at first), and then something told me to look in the garage. That's where the dead bodies were.”

The carcasses had been in the garage since last June, neighbors told authorities.

“They've been there for awhile,” Kovach said. “One dog was mummified. The other two were in a bag. The one looked like a Rottweiler.”

Western Pennsylvania Humane Society officer Cathy Bricker said her organization investigated the garage last summer.

“It was another officer who went out in August,” she said. “It wasn't me. The bodies were already decomposed.

“At that point, you couldn't tell anything. It was too late then and it's certainly too late now. They were beyond carting away for a death or medical examination.”

Bricker said Humane Society will not collect the bodies unless they are part of an investigation.

According to police, animal control officer Ken Ferree said a miscommunication with Humane society led him to believe there was an investigation.

Ferree disposed of the bodies.

Stacy Lee is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 412-664-9161, ext. 1970, or slee@tribweb.com.

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