2 Pit Bulls Found Dead In Charleroi Home

CHARLEROI (KDKA) — A Washington County man faces two charges of animal cruelty.

Police went into a Charleroi home recently vacated by Stanley McDonald on Second Street and found two pit bulls dead in their cage.

Cathy Cunningham, a Washington County humane officer, told KDKA-TV the dogs died inside their cage probably from water deprivation.

She said they died slow, cruel and brutal deaths. She estimated the dogs were one to two-years-old. They were severely decomposed.

While defending himself, McDonald said he felt devastated by the dogs’ deaths. He had to leave the home with his 4-year-old son because there was no heat.

McDonald said a friend of a friend knew someone who’d take the animals.

The neighbor who called authorities because of the smell said she saw McDonald coming and going in recent weeks and was sure he knew the dogs were dead.

Each charge of animal cruelty is punishable with a fine of $750.

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  1. Kim says:

    Only $750 each??? What is wrong with these laws? Does anyone comprehend what these dogs went through locked in a cage with no water or food? Without water, The tongue and lips crack and bleed. The eyes recede into their orbits. The skin becomes so sensitive it peels off upon firm contact. The lining of the nose can crack and bleed. Dried brain cells can cause convulsions. Their blood pressure dropped, their heart rate picked up. They actually, ultimately went into shock. They didn’t have enough fluid to keep their blood pressure up. Their blood got thicker and became so thick, it clotted.

    Not a pretty picture? Imagining these two, poor defenseless dogs like this? But this guy gets off by paying a $1500 fine. Animals are not inanimate objects … they are living, breathing beings who depend on their humans to care for them! He had options, could have called animal control and turned them over to them, but chose not to. The animal cruelty fines need to change!

    1. Randee L Miller says:

      Excellen response Kim.. something needs to be done!

    2. mitzie says:

      cause people r idiots and they should know that dogs r like us… i have 2 dogs and i love them very much .. i play with them i feed them give them showers i feel like a mom.. but its all worth it when i see a smile on my dogs faces

  2. Randee L Miller says:

    tthat is disgusting!. PA laws need to be changed! maybe there would be less of these stories if they got jail time, which they SHOULD! Dogs feel pain just like people do..

  3. Marilea says:

    That man is a liar!!! He should have taken those dogs to the shelter. Since he chose not to do that, he should have been checking on them to see that they were taken care of. He is a horrible person that is not the first time this has happened in this area. These people need to be put in jail for the horrible way they treat animals. The sentence should be what goes around comes around. They should be treated the same way PUT IN A CAGE TO STARVE!!!!!!!

  4. Alicia says:

    There is NO EXCUSE for what this man did to those precious dogs. He states “a friend of a friend”………..you owned those dogs and were responsible for their care but did nothing to help them and let them die horribly. You do deserve a much worse charge than you are getting. What he did is disgusting.

  5. Shannon says:

    Stanley McDonald has never had this happen before and he’s owned plenty of animals in his life. He’s owned reptiles, dogs and cats. He was giving the Pitt Bulls away to someone who never came to get them!! If he’d known that this was going to happen he would have taken them somewhere safe until he was able to find them a home.

    1. Alicia says:

      Then he should have been responsible for those pitbulls and shown compassion for them and made sure that the “friend of a friend” came to care for the pitbulls. There is no excuse…only negligence and no follow-up on his part.

    2. Marilea says:

      If he was such a caring person then why did those dogs die a horrible death? He is the one to blame for that. He should have been at that house every day to check on those dogs. He just did not care. OUT OF SIGHT OUT OF MIND!!!!

  6. Alicia says:

    That is a foolish answer. Pitbulls are not born dangerous….people that are cruel train them to fight…..which there is no excuse for treating those dogs that way. You assume that all pitbulls are fighters and will hurt people….that is so wrong. It is ignorant people like you that say such foolish things. Those dogs did not deserve to die in such a cruel way. The one in the wrong is the owner.

    1. Alicia says:

      My comment about “the foolish answer” is because a person sent a comment in stating that the pitbulls deserved to die because they would eventually have attacked some person. I reported that comment……….that is why it isn’t on the page now. His answer was disgusting and hateful.

      1. Marilea says:

        Alicia,
        I also commented on that message but it did not appear. What he said was much uncalled for.
        I am glad you have a heart and sympathy for those two dogs. I do not understand how he could sleep at night knowing that those dogs were starving. I m sure he was eating and getting water.

      2. Alicia says:

        Marilea,

        Thank you. I love animals very much. Animals, all God’s precious animals, deserve compassion and love. They do not deserve to be abused in any way. The owner of those two pittbulls, if he truly cared about them, would have MADE SURE that somebody was taking care of them. The fact that the dogs were left there and died show that he didn’t even care enough to make sure that his “friend of a friend'” was caring for the dogs. There is NO EXCUSE for his negligence………..he didn’t even check on those dogs. People who care are so disgusted with hearing foolish weak excuses about cruelty to animals (as well as children). There IS NO JUSTIFICATION when it comes to animal or child abuse. The owner deserves to pay for what he did……he also deserves more than just a fine.

  7. Christine says:

    There is NO excuse for letting these poor dogs die such a cruel and horrible death. The need for anti-creulty laws to be toughened is long overdue. Please urge your lawmakers to enact laws to treat animal abuse like the horrible crime it is. Also, if you suspect an animal is being mistreated or abused, don’t hesitate to report it.

  8. Marilea says:

    I totally agree with everything you say. If someone cannot care for their dogs, a simple phone call to animal control is all it takes. They will arrange to get the dogs in order to ovoid the unfortunate situation that has accrued. In addition, as for the controversy about Pit Bull dogs it is the owner’s responsibility to raise the dogs the proper way. They are great dogs in the hands of good people.

  9. HARRIET says:

    HE IS LYING,,HE IS LAUGHING AT THE CRIMINAL SYSTEM RIGHT NOW BECAUSE ALL HE WILL PROBABLY GET IS A FINE. IT MAKES YOU WONDER WHAT KIND OF FATHER IS HE TO HIS FOUR YEAR OLD SON. HE EVIDENTLY HAS NO REGARD FOR LIFE, CRIMINALS USUALLY DON’T. I BET GETTING ARRESTED IS NOTHING NEW TO THIS GUY. HE PROBABLY HAS A LONG CRIMINAL RECORD AND TRUST ME HE WILL NOT LOOSE ANY SLEEP OVER THOSE POOR DEFENSELESS ANIMALS. ABUSING CHILDREN OR ANIMALS DESERVES JAILTIME.

    1. OZZIE says:

      “JUDGE HARRIET” HOW CAN U THINK THAT THIS PERSON IS A CRIMINAL OR A BAD FATHER THIS HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH WHAT HAS TAKEN PLACE. SURE HE UNDERSTANDS WHAT HAD OCCURRED BUT YOU CANT SAY THAT HE IS THE TYPE OF PERSON SUCH AS MANSON OR BUNDY. SOUNDS LIKE YOU WANT THIS GUY TO GO TO DEATH ROW AND WHERE DID YOU GET ABUSING CHILDREN FROM, SOUNDS LIKE YOU GOT SOME WRONG INFORMATION OR CANT READ

  10. Marilea says:

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    If you watch the interview with him. He said I love ttem dogs. First of all who gives away dogs that he (supposedly loves) to a friend of a friend whom had someone that would take them with out meeting them first? The neighbor said he has actually been back to that house since he moved out. His story does not make sense to me.

  11. Maggie says:

    Ya ONLY 750 DOLLARS!!!! What is wrong with that? A LOT!!! They should put him in a cage and starve him and not give him water. Iam sorry but if he “loved them dogs” he would of never left them in the house not knowing who was coming to get them! Animal lovers DONT do that! He shoudnt even have a kid! he needs more then a fine! Maybe what comes around will go around with him. if he didnt want them he should of personal took them to someone who would care for them.

  12. HARRIET says:

    OZZIE, I DIDN’T SAY THAT THIS MAN WAS A CHILD ABUSER. I MADE THE STATEMENT THAT CHILD OR ANIMAL ABUSE SHOULD BE DEALT WITH A JAIL SENTENCE OF SOME LENGTH OF TIME NOT JUST A FINE. THE LAWS ARE NOT STRICT ENOUGH IN THESE KINDS OF CASES. ANIMALS AND CHILDREN ARE DEFENSELESS I AGREE WITH ONE OF THE OTHER COMMENTORS WHEN SHE STATED THAT THERE IS NO JUSTIFICATION FOR ANIMAL OR CHILD ABUSE. THIS MAN LEFT THESE DOGS TO DIE AND THATS WHAT THEY DID A CRUEL AWFUL DEATH AS WE HAVE HEARD FROM THE EXPERTS.

  13. Laura Quebbemann says:

    So sad and tragic. Laura Quebbemann

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