MCKEESPORT (KDKA) — Dog law violations filed against the mother of a newborn that was mauled by a Husky have been dropped.
Last week, 21-year-old Brandy Furlong and her boyfriend, 26-year-old Brill Nicholson, brought their newborn son home to Scott Street in McKeesport.
Police say the mother left her child in a baby carrier on the living room floor while she used an upstairs bathroom.
Returning, she found the family Husky standing over her bleeding infant son. Howard, just two days old, died 90-minutes later of severe head trauma.
Aside from the Husky, a 1-and-a-half-year-old male named Niko, Furlong had three other dogs in the house – all pit bulls.
Until last night, the Husky and one pit bull were quarantined in a McKeesport kennel.
Over the phone, Brill Nicholson, the baby’s father, told KDKA’s Mary Robb Jackson that he and Brandy went to the kennel and retrieved both dogs and immediately signed over custody of the animals to William Uhring of Churchill who paid the $600 in costs for the dogs’ release.
Uhring felt sorry for Niko and decided to pay the fees and adopt the animal.
And contrary to previous reports, Nicholson says that neither he nor Brandy ever asked to have the dogs returned to them.
Tuesday at Magistrate Eugene Riazzi’s office, McKeesport police cited Brandy Furlong for harboring a dangerous animal and four counts each of failing to have her pets vaccinated or properly licensed.
Then, with no explanation, all of those charges against Furlong were dropped Wednesday morning.