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Local couple accused in beating, death of dog

DUQUESNE, Pa. — A local couple is accused of beating a dog so badly it had to be put down.

Sarah Westfall is in jail, but police are still looking for her boyfriend, Paul Finerty.

They are both facing animal cruelty charges, police said.

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Finerty beat the dog on several occasions in the couple’s home in Duquesne and even shot the it with a dart gun, according to the criminal complaint.

Westfall never called for help and lied to officers about owning the dog, police said.The dog had to be put down because of severe brain and spinal trauma from the abuse.