On December 11, 2013 a rottweiler mix named Trigger was rescued by passers-by on the side of the road in Lower Swatara Township, Pennsylvania. The dog's throat had been slit, not once, not twice but three times, according to Penn Live. Trigger was left for dead in the woods but managed to drag himself to the road. He was rushed to the hospital as he went into shock. The dog survived.
Two men were charged with the horrific act: Joshua Boyanowski and Jeffrey Fletcher. Boyanowski was Trigger's owner. He admitted to asking his friend Fletcher to kill the dog because he had bitten his daughter. It was not the first time the dog had bitten the girl, which led to the dog warden citing a dangerous dog notice.
Trigger was released to the Humane Society of Harrisburg. One of his rescuers was going to adopt him. The case regarding a dangerous dog is supposed to be determined by a judge but that never happened.
On January 2, 2014 Trigger was euthanized by the Humane Society, despite surviving a traumatic injury, having an adopter waiting and the dangerous dog case never going before a judge.
There has been no word from the Humane Society.
Boyanowski has been charged with animal cruelty and conspiracy to commit animal killing. He has been released on bail and is due back in court in February. Fletcher has been charged with criminal trespassing, animal cruelty, animal killing, conspiracy to commit animal killing and possessing an instrument of crime, and is due back in court in February as well.