A Baldwin Borough woman is facing several charges, including felony animal cruelty, after it was discovered her dog died from starvation.
On March 20, an animal control officer responded when Timia Younger, 21, called to have someone pick up her dead dog, a nine-month-old mixed breed, according to a report from Humane Animal Rescue of Pittsburgh.
The officer noted the dog was severely emaciated and had sores on its extremities, according to the report. After further investigation, a forensic necropsy was done by a veterinarian.
The examination showed the dog weighed 14 pounds when it should have weighed 50 to 60 pounds and it had numerous open sores, the report states. Lab results showed that the dog’s bone marrow only contained 3.2% fat content. A normal fat content in bone marrow is above 80%, with any percentage less than 20% being consistent with emaciation, according to the complaint.
Based on the findings, the cause of death was determined to be starvation.
Younger turned herself in and was arraigned on the charges. She is due back in court on April 25.
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