Clairton woman facing animal cruelty charges after authorities find 9 dogs in poor condition

CLAIRTON, Pa. — A warrant for a wanted fugitive led the Allegheny County Sheriff’s Office to another case. Detectives arrested the man they were looking for, but also arrested a woman for animal abuse.

From outside 2202 Lincoln Avenue in Clairton, you could hear crying dogs inside. Sheriff’s detectives showed up at the Century Townhomes in Clairton to look for Damon Jones. He was wanted for violating probation on a sex charge involving a child.

According to the criminal complaint, a woman named Angela Brownfield opened the door. At that point, detectives saw Jones at the top of the stairs. They say Brownfield pushed one of them and ran upstairs with Jones. After a struggle, officers arrested both Brownfield and Jones.

As they were doing a sweep of the house, they found a pit bull puppy sitting on the couch. According to court documents, “the dog looked severely malnourished to the point where all you could see were skin and bones.” When they opened the back door, three more dogs ran inside. They were shivering and hungry.

Animal Friends — an animal shelter — took the pit bull to Pittsburgh Veterinary Specialty and Emergency Center. Animal control removed seven dogs from the home on March 3, 2022. Allegheny County Sheriff Kevin Kraus says animal control was planning to return to the house to pick up the other two dogs. These two dogs were in better condition compared to the others.

Angela Brownfield is facing nine counts of animal neglect as well as animal cruelty charges. She’s also being charged with assaulting and blocking officers from getting to Damon Jones.