WAYNE TOWNSHIP (KDKA) – A Greene County man is facing charges after allegedly dragged two dogs behind his truck last month.

It was the voice of an elderly lady calling 911 on July 27 from the Spraggs United Methodist Church. What she saw would have been terrible on any day, let alone a Sunday.

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“Said there’s a man dragging dogs down the road,” said Chief John Hartman, of the Southwest Regional Police.

Two Golden Retrievers, being hauled by their necks with ropes tied to the hitch of a Mitsubishi truck. Both the male and female’s heads were gashed, cuts all over their bodies, fur matted.

Behind the wheel, 59-year-old William Wilkinson, a witness flagged him down and cut the dogs loose.

“The witness that ran over actually went and got a knife released the one dog,” said Chief Hartman.

The dogs were lying on a concrete pad near a water pumping station. The female had stopped breathing. Wilkinson started giving her mouth-to-mouth.

“Apparently, we were told he performed CPR on the dog and brought the dog back,” Chief Hartman said.

Wilkinson did not answer the door at his home on Calico Run Road.

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Neighbors, like Roy Farabee, had heard what happened.

“They were good dogs though,” he said.

Wilkinson told police the dogs got out of his yard while he was at a doctor’s office. Once he found the dogs, he was unable get them into the vehicle because of a chronic medical problem.

“Whatever the plan was, it wasn’t a good one, was it?” said Chief Hartman.

“There’s no excuse for that, no excuse,” added Farabee.

The dogs were treated by a local veterinarian for their injuries.

Wilkinson faces a hearing Thursday on charges on animal cruelty.

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