Arrest made: Officials say owner of injured husky charged

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PITTSBURGH —

Channel 11 News has learned that the owner of the dog found with severe neck injuries earlier this month has been charged in the animal's abuse. 

WPXI-TV first told you about this story on Aug. 13, when Western Pennsylvania Humane Society officials asked for help in finding the person responsible for the dog's injuries. 

Since then, investigators have charged 20-year-old Don Miller. Police said Miller purchased the husky at a puppy mill in Eastern Pa. earlier this year. 

Officers said Miller brought the dog to the Western Pa. Humane Society and told workers he had found it in Homewood, when it had really been at his Bloomfield home.

The dog defecated all over the home, police said, so Miller restrained the Husky with a wire cable used for an X-Box system, causing the injuries. 

"The knot he tied was not a secured knot. It turned out to be a slip-knot and proceded to strangle the dog and ultimately lacerate the dog's neck," said Humane Society Police Officer Ed Mitchell.

According to police, the dog is only 10 months old. Investigators initially thought the dog was older because neglect left it with significant tooth decay.

Shelter veterinarian Kate Borland treated the dog named Barney, and said it also had burns on its paws from urine and feces, which is consistent with being confined to a small area.

"(Barney) really is a wonderful animal," said Pittsburgh police Officer Christine Luffey.

 Investigators said Miller was taken into custody on an unrelated bench warrant on Aug. 18, and is now facing charges in relation to this case.