A McKeesport man is defending himself, and said he wasn’t cruel to his animals.
Officials rescued nine pit bulls from a Packer Street home earlier this week. The homeowner, a 38-year-old man suspected of dealing drugs, said he admits he made some mistakes, but he was never cruel to animals.
“There were no drugs around the animals. I had marijuana here. I do smoke marijuana, but that’s all they confiscated,” the man said.
Officers said they found two adult male pit bulls tied to a tree in the back yard next to a pile of their own waste. In addition, officers said they found six severely underweight puppies huddled together in a cage with no access to food.
“They can say what they want about my dogs, but they are like my kids. I love them,” the man said.
The man said the situation is a misunderstanding and that the puppies stopped feeding and developed worms not long after they were born. He said he kept the animals separate in an attempt to make them healthy again.
“I got shampoo for them and got food for them. I give the best care I can,” the man said.
Humane officers have yet to decide whether the owner will face charges. The dogs are not being returned until they can ensure their safety, officials said.