Police Investigate Reported Animal Abuse In Westmoreland Co.

JEANNETTE (KDKA) – Neighbors in one Westmoreland County community are taking extra measures to protect their pets after one dog was shot and another was reportedly poisoned within a week.

Judi Avolio, of Jeannette, said someone shot her 4-year-old schnauzer, Whopper, on three separate occasions with a pellet gun.

The most recent incident happened on July 24 and his wounds are still healing.

A few days later, on Rankin Street, a 9-month-old boxer was found dead after suffering massive internal bleeding.

Amanda Bernard said they found a cut-off milk jug in their yard that they believe contained antifreeze.

Jeannette Police are investigating and neighbors have installed surveillance cameras.


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  • Amanda

    Tyson was my puppy and we miss him so much… I pray we get justice! What kind of sick person hurts animals… He was so playful n loved people!

    • Dan Mascaro

      Sorry for your loss Amanda. It’s so disqusting how people can hurt innocent animals. Someday they will get wat they deserve.

  • kristy

    people are beyond reprehensible. no wonder i prefer animals over them. amanda, you have my deepest sympathies.

  • Anonymous

    People who shoot dogs with pellet guns should have the same done back to them, double.

  • Westmoreland GOon

    Thats ashame I have a Boxer named tyson too! Whoever did it must b a Pus EE.!!! period like they prob get bullied on the block down there so they go and take it out on something that can’t get them back! Hope you find who did it and take justice into your own hands bc the gov’t out there doesn’t do enough for the right people and does too much for the wrong or Bad ppl!

    • Amanda


  • Erin

    I have known Tyson since he was a month old, he didnt deserve this. No animals deserves on what happened to him. Tyson was a loving, caring animal. He wouldnt hurt a fly. All he ever wanted to do was play. The one main thing that none of us understand is how can someone have enough guts to go into someone else’s yard and then yet, leave the evidence. Tyson was only 9 months old. RIP Tyson!!

  • Amanda

    The worst part is I have a baby and their are kids in this neighborhood and we need to worry about them getting hit with the pellets or whatever. Also when police were called when the dog was shot they wouldnt come out it took one to be killed before anyone came to do anything and trust they still havnt done much… These animals deserve justice and an investigation into the suspect… There is a man who sits outside and shoots his pellet gun and he is not the nicest person… He should be questioned! What if it was a child?

  • SAnonymous

    I am an animal lover and this makes me so angry! Animals are just like humans. Whoever did this needs to be shot back or thrown in the cell where they belong for years! I hope they catch these crazy people!

  • Anonymous

    Poor tyson :(

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