Mt. Washington Dog Attacked?

MT. WASHINGTON (KDKA) — Pittsburgh police and humane officers are going door-to-door in a Mt. Washington neighborhood looking for leads on a person who attacked a dog and left it for dead on Sunday night.

Police are convinced someone tried to decapitate the German Shepherd-Husky mix, which required over 60 stitches to close the cuts on its neck.

The eight-year old dog is amazingly healthy, considering what happened on Sunday night.

“[Someone] cut the dog’s neck,” Pittsburgh police officer Christine Luffey said. “Cut it in the front. There’s about a five-inch cut, and on the back, there’s about a six-inch cut, so we’re talking almost the dog’s entire head.”

“We heard her whimpering terribly, and we went out to find her in a pool of blood,” the dog’s owner, Anna DiPerna, said.

DiPerna rushed her dog to the vet, where it seems that emergency surgery saved Sasha’s life. It may have saved Anna as well, because Sasha can sense when DiPerna will have an epileptic seizure and needs her medication.

“I have no idea. I have no idea who would hurt her,” DiPerna said. “She’s my dog. I have epilepsy. She gets very emotional when I’m ready to have a seizure.”

In the meantime, police are looking into a number of possibilities, including whether this was an intentional, malicious act or a bizarre accident that nearly killed a beautiful dog.

Officers say it is also possible that Sasha had an ingrown collar that suddenly ruptured, nearly causing the dog to bleed to death. They will not know until they consult with veterinarians tomorrow.

In the meantime, police are still pursing leads for a possible suspect.

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One Comment

  1. Louis Miller says:

    whom ever is the person or people that did such a thing to a georgeous dog. needs to be decapitated.

    1. Kathy says:

      Louis, I could not have said it better.

  2. mjpampena says:

    Why was the dog out without anyone if it is a dog to help a person health???The dog is a jewel.Maybe the owner needs to be trained in humanism to animals????

  3. Infuriated says:

    WTAE is reporting that the cuts were possibly caused by rubber bands PLACED THERE BY THE OWNERS…I say take this dog out of there IMMEDIATELY, as , if this is the case, this dog was injured at the owners own hands,and they then tried to cover it up….this dog is in IMMEDIATE danger, either because these people have no regard for life, or are too stupid to care for it porperly.

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  4. Debbie says:

    Nobody can tell me that if that dog was attacked outside that nobody heard her crys? Homes are very close in Pittsburgh and someone would have heard somthing! Take the dog away from these people please! Put these sickos in jail!

  5. Thomas R. Skidmore says:

    I tell you right now, some of these so-called “people” have no business even being alive. I mean, I, myself, am not exactly an animal lover, but even so, this is downright HIDEOUS!!! I know I’ve stated this before, but I still say it’s high time to summon Conan the Barbarian to just lay these alleged “humans” to total waste!!!
    “The heads of ten Picts shall pay for his, and seven heads fo rthe dog, who was a better warrior than many a man.”
    –Robert E. Howard, “Beyond the Black River”, Weird Tales, June 1935

  6. Jenise says:

    This is such a shame.

    This poor dog needs a loving family.

    I would be willing to adopt her, I have a similar dog at home.

  7. MsCynic says:

    It is NOT seizure alert dog at 8 months – it couldn’t be trained by then! Any dog reacts to a seizure, it’s a chemical change in your body, but reacting properly trakes training!
    Plus how many 8 month old good sized dogs do you know that would allow someone to cut (almost perfectly straight) around their entire neck?? It would be screaming/biting/fighting the whole time! It had to be an ingrown collar, rubber band, or string that the owner neglected to notice until it was too late – but that would have taken WEEKS!!! Cite the owner and stop terrifying people when it’s just supidity/neglect!

  8. iloveanimals says:

    Different sites are reporting different stories…WPXI says rubber bands, and KDKA says a “bizarrre accident” of an ingrown collar?? Sorry, never heard of that!! And if this owner had something to do with it, which other news sites say this person did, the dog needs taken away immediately and charges need filed. The Humane Society would be all over the owner. I’d like to hear the update of what the vet has to say. Regardless….what was done to the dog should be done to the person…an eye for an eye!

  9. Marilea says:

    I believe it was the owner who caused the injury to the dog’s neck. I am sure the vet has a lot of experience in evaluating injuries. If there was a rubber band on the dog’s neck, the skin would have already been damaged and being out in the cold air would have had an affect on the skin. They stated that (There’s about a five-inch cut, and on the back, there’s about a six-inch cut, so we’re talking almost the dog’s entire head.”) That sounds like something very wide caused the injury. It could be that the collar was too tight. That’s my opinion.

  10. norma says:

    Great dog, tell Marty this story, he is not a dog lover..

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