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Glassport woman charged with abandoning animals

| Thursday, May 16, 2013, 4:51 a.m.

A Glassport woman accused of abandoning three dogs is charged with animal cruelty and other related offenses.

Western Pennsylvania Humane Society police officer Cathy Bricker said Heaven Jacobs left two male pit bulls and one female mix-breed at a home at 528 Spruce Alley in Glassport.

Jacobs is charged with three counts of abandonment, animal cruelty and having unsanitary conditions.

Charges were filed at Magisterial District Judge Armand A. Martin's office Wednesday afternoon.

One of the pit bulls was left in horrendous condition, had a severe case of mange, a lame leg and other problems causing authorities to have it put down, said Bricker.

Jacobs is charged with lack of necessary and timely veterinary care for the euthanized dog.

The other two dogs are in the care of the humane society and are doing well, said Bricker.

Bricker said she received a call last week for the abandoned dogs allegedly left behind by Jacobs after she was evicted from the property.

“This is such a common scenario, which really upsets me,” Bricker said. “People moving, people being evicted, they know they're moving. They know they're being evicted and the very last day there's these animals in the house.”

Bricker said she spoke with Jacobs on Friday and informed her the dogs needed removed, and provided her with animal shelter phone numbers.

Police and constables came to the residence on Monday to serve a court order, and noticed the dogs were still in the house.

Bricker said the house was trashed and full of feces.

Jacobs told authorities she was getting a moving vehicle that day to remove the dogs, but that never happened, according to Bricker.

The landlord came to change the locks on Tuesday, and the dogs were still there.

Bricker said the landlord signed the dogs over to her that day since they had become legally abandoned and the landlord's property by then.

“She had plenty of time to get these dogs out,” Bricker said.

Glassport dog law enforcement officer Ken Ferree said three counts each of not having current licenses and not having current rabies inoculations will be filed against Jacobs later this week.

He also noted the deplorable conditions of the residence, and the time given to remove the dogs.

“We've been trying to work with this young lady over there,” Ferree said. “We didn't want to come to this ending, but unfortunately she left us no other choice.”

Michael DiVittorio is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-664-9161, ext. 1965, or mdivittorio@tribweb.com.

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