Police Chief Michael Hardesty was suspended without pay by West Pike Run township supervisors on Monday evening. Officials are continuing their investigation into an animal cruelty charge alleging the mistreatment and neglect of a female Rottweiler found in the basement of Hardesty's Scenery Hill home in the North Bethlehem area of Pennsylvania.
According to the post.gazette.com, Hardesty has been suspended until further notice.
"Being that he was police chief, and he represents us, it's a black mark for us, " stated Supervisor Rick Molish.
On Mar. 5, Etalia, a one-and-a-half-year-old Rottweiler was removed from Hardesty's basement after the dog was discovered living in "deplorable" conditions without food, water, bedding or in sanitary conditions. Etalia weighed only 58 pounds; the normal weight for a dog of her breed and size is between 85 and 90 pounds.
Etalia is in the care of a foster home with the Washington Area Humane Society. When she recuperates, Etalia will be available for adoption.
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