DRAVOSBURG, Pa. - Animal Rescue officers forced their way into an abandoned Dravosburg home Friday to rescue a dog that was left alone to starve.
Channel 11’s Dave Bondy reported 9-year-old Cody, a German shepherd, was safely taken from the home -- and his owner is now facing charges.
Authorities said Cody’s owner, 25-year-old Charles Smith Jr., is facing five counts of animal cruelty for allegedly leaving the dog inside the home with no food or water.
Humane officer Rob Fredley described the conditions as deplorable.
“There was a lot of unsanitary conditions from the prior three to four months that we feel Cody was contained to a certain area of the house,” Fredley said. “He was showing some ribs because the body fat wasn’t there. He was definitely going into the emaciated stage of near death.”
Fredley said neighbors had been throwing food into the house to help keep Cody alive.
According to investigators, Smith said he wasn’t living at the house, but often came back to feed the dog.
Fredley offered this advice for people who can’t take care of their animal: “There are shelters. There are people out there. Make a phone call and you can walk into any shelter.”
Smith still has ownership of Cody, and a court proceeding is pending. If it is decided that Smith will surrender the dog, Cody will then be made available for adoption.