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Man charged for death of crated dog left in the snow

Dog left to die in crate
Terry Wells photo via Justice for Elsa FB page

On Tuesday, Pennsylvania State Police charged a man who is believed to be responsible for abandoning a crated dog in Tioga County, Pa., reported Tuesday's Star Gazette.

According to the report, 29-year-old Matthew S. Stone admitted that he left the still alive dog, inside of the crate, back on Oct. 3; the dog's wasted body was not discovered until Jan.19, still inside of the crate which was about 100 feet from Cummings Creek Road.

Trooper Steven Moyemont of state police in Mansfield wrote in his report:

Matthew Stone stated he figured someone would see the dog and take it after he left,”

Stone has claimed that he got rid of the dog for his brother, Joshua, who was working out of town and "did not want the dogs," anymore.

Stone's reference to multiple dogs remains a mystery.

A necropsy on the dog's body revealed that he had died from starvation.

In a previous Star Gazette publication, Wendy Reber, the director the Animal Care Sanctuary in East Smithfield, stated:

The posture and curl of the dog suggest it died inside that crate,”

Stone is facing a misdemeanor animal cruelty charge, as well as other charges which stem from dumping the crate.

Following the discovery of the emaciated, frozen dog inside of the crate, a Facebook page was created with the hopes that the dog's abuser would be found and apprehended; the page currently has over 7000 supporters.

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