Police: Fayette County woman charged with animal cruelty, neglect in dog’s death | TribLIVE.com
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Paul Peirce

An arrest warrant was issued this week for a Fayette County woman accused of causing the death of her dog by leaving it without shelter, food or water, according to court documents.

Charges of aggravated animal cruelty, cruelty to animals and neglect were filed Tuesday against Leighann Pomplas, 27, of Fayette City, by Washington Township police before District Judge Richard Kasunic II after an investigation into the June 28 death of her 1-year-old pit bull, Diesel.

Township officer Christina Good said police were called to Pomplas’ home on Coates Way about 4:30 p.m. by a neighbor, who reported the dog “was lying in the yard and appeared deceased.”

Prior to the arrival of police, Good said other neighbors reported confronting Pomplas about leaving the dog, Diesel, tied outside without shelter or water “in the extreme heat and humidity.”

Good said the neighbors reported Pomplas “grew very angry when notified police were called, and began yelling obscenities at the witnesses.”

When Good spoke with her about one hour later, Pomplas “stated that she put the dog out not too long ago.”

However, Good said Pomplas could not provide an estimated time frame. Good reported the dog was deceased and tied to a chain in the backyard.

“I observed the animal’s mouth clenched shut, along with his front and back paws pointing in the air. I also observed there was no shelter, food or water (for the dog),” Good wrote.

Good reported she saw two empty dog bowls stacked on a rear porch about 25 feet from where Diesel was found. Good said it was 87 degrees outside at 5:50 p.m. when she interviewed the suspect.

Pomplas told police the dog had never been to a veterinarian or been vaccinated. The animal was taken to an area veterinarian for a necropsy.

Pomplas couldn’t be reached. She did not have an attorney listed in online court records.

During the same week, state police charged a Belle Vernon couple, also in Fayette County, after a dog was found dead in their backyard June 26, according to court papers.

Troopers said the dog had obvious signs of starvation and abuse.

Christopher Michael Foreman, 35, and Rachel Marie Bonacci, 36, allegedly left the dog locked in a cage outside their Main Street home without food or water, police said.

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