The Humane Society of Westmoreland County is investigating what Executive Director Kathy Burkley called a gruesome death of an animal in Mt. Pleasant Township.
A woman walking earlier this week on Boyer Road found the animal's body with its head and tail severed. Burkley said it was unclear what kind of animal the female was. At 25 to 30 pounds, she said, it appeared too big to be a fox.
The animal was described as gray and tan.
Burkley said the carcass had no bullet holes. There was not a lot of blood at the scene, she said, leading her to believe someone dumped the animal at the site after mutilating it.
Anyone with information about the animal is asked to call the humane society at 724-837-3779.
The Connellsville City Tax Office will operate on a modified schedule next week. The office will be open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and will not close during the lunch hour.
A self-defense course will be taught by Glenn Swartz from 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday at the Scottdale Firemen's Club, Porter Avenue, Scottdale. Cost is $10, payable at the door.
The National Park Service will hold an open house at the Fort Necessity/National Road Interpretive and Education Center in Farmington from 10 a.m. to noon March 15 to make sure that the public has significant input on the Long Range Interpretive Plan for Fort Necessity National Battlefield.
The Long Range Interpretive Plan will define the goals for a wide variety of visitor services and educational programs, while protecting and preserving the park resources. The plan will provide park management and staff with direction for all interpretive operations. It will be used as a reference for identifying staffing requirements for the park, as well as to identify partners and stakeholders with whom the National Park Service may work with in developing and presenting programs.
Those interested in providing comments can visit the National Park Service planning Web site at http://parkplanning.nps.gov. Comments on the types of visitor and interpretive services may be submitted, in writing, to the Site Manager at Fort Necessity National Battlefield, 1 Washington Parkway, Farmington, PA 15437. Comments may be sent by e-mail to Mary_Ellen_Snyder@nps.gov. Comments must be received by March 16.