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Uniontown man reports theft of lizard in burglary

| Tuesday, July 15, 2014, 11:03 a.m.

A Fayette County man, whose dog was shot on Wednesday during a dispute over a cellphone, has reported that someone stole his pet lizard, according to police.

Stephen Guziak told Uniontown Police someone broke into his residence sometime between 7:30 p.m. Sunday and 3 p.m. Monday and took a brown female bearded dragon lizard from a glass case in his living room, a police report said.

Glass on a side door was broken to gain entry. Other items that were taken include two flat-screen televisions and three computer game consoles.

Several days earlier, Guziak told police that Christian Palm, 21, of Uniontown, shot his pit bull during a dispute over a cellphone.

Palm is charged with simple assault, reckless endangerment, terroristic threats, criminal trespass and animal cruelty.

In a criminal complaint, Officer Eric Hanula said Palm and several unidentified persons entered Guziak's house at 12:57 a.m. Wednesday.

Guziak told police Palm waved a gun around, pointed it at him and threatened to shoot him if he did not give Palm money he was owed for a cellphone.

Palm and the others left the house via a rear door, “at which time he (Guziak) observed Palm fire the gun, shooting his dog once in the area of the head. Guziak related that the dog yelped and began bleeding heavily.”

Guziak took the dog to Cheat Lake Animal Hospital near Morgantown, W.Va.

Liz Zemba is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 412-601-2166 or lzemba@tribweb.com.

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