New Eagle couple allegedly abused 2 pit bull puppies in their care
A New Eagle couple is accused of abusing two pit bull puppies.
One of the dogs allegedly was stabbed after it bit Kimberly and Danny Watts' 2-year-old daughter, who police said was unattended at the time.
Kimberly Watts, 26, and Danny Watts, 25, both of 135 Union St., were each charged Wednesday with cruelty to animals, endangering the welfare of a child and disorderly conduct.
Monongahela Magisterial District Judge Mark Wilson issued warrants Wednesday for their arrests.
However, the couple were arraigned Wednesday evening by Magisterial District Judge Ethan T. Ward of Buffalo Township.
Each was sent to the Washington County Correctional Facility in lieu of $5,000 bail.
They face preliminary hearings 10 a.m. April 8 before Ward.
Monongahela police Chief Brian Tempest said officers were called to the couple's Ave & Belle Estates mobile home 3 p.m. Saturday for a report that a young child had been bitten by a pit bull.
The Watts' daughter was taken to an area hospital, where she received stitches in her lip, Tempest said.
Kimberly Watts initially told police she grabbed a knife and started to stab the male puppy after it bit her daughter.
The woman said she stabbed the animal because that's what she “was taught do.”
Tempest said the puppy was in another room, bleeding from numerous stab wounds.
“The puppy wasn't aggressive at all,” Tempest said. “We were under the impression she stabbed the puppy to protect her child, but she stabbed it after she yelled at it and it went into another room.”
Police noticed another puppy in the home limping badly.
Danny Watts allegedly told police the second puppy, a female, was injured while tussling with the male dog.
However, a witness told police Danny Watts threw the male dog against a wall.
“Basically, he told the witness to lie to police if anyone asked about it,” Tempest said of Danny Watts.
Humane officer Cathy Cunningham took the dogs and obtained emergency veterinary care for them. She said the puppies weigh about 15 pounds each and are about 13 weeks old.
Cunningham said the male, which she named Trooper, is quarantined under her care.
She said it is recovering from two stab wounds to the head and eye area, one to the elbow and two to the back. The dog has two fractured ribs.
The female, which she named Sadie Belle, underwent surgery for a fractured elbow.
“She was badly injured, and it appears like she was thrown against a wall or another hard surface,” Cunningham said. “The most important thing is they're alive.”
Cunningham said the dogs are doing well despite their injuries.
“Their temperaments are precious and sweet,” she said. “They were a little leery at first, but they are very loving, typical puppies.”
Cunningham said once the puppies are nursed back to health, she will seek “loving” homes for them.
Cunningham is a volunteer humane officer with Call and Report Inhumane Cruelty and Abuse of Animals Today.
The nonprofit corporation is accepting donations for the medical expenses for the puppies. Donations, payable to C.R.I.C.A.A.T., can be sent to P.O. Box 117, Washington, PA 15301. More information is available on the organization's Facebook page.
Stacy Wolford is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 724-684-2640 or at email@example.com.
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.
- Spill closes Mon/Fayette Expressway
- More charges filed against Monessen marijuana growers
- PlanCON return good news for Ringgold
- Shooting investigation leads to large marijuana grow house in Monessen
- What does your body language reveal about you?
- Colleagues, friends remember longtime Charleroi councilman Reis
- Ringgold, teachers have tentative deal
- Monessen coke plant workers exposed to chemical
- Fallowfield Township increases road crew
- Western Pa. commission pitches $4.7 billion wish list to state
- Despite the weather, patriotism prevailed in Monessen in 1983