Updated: Apr 2
- Pennsylvania, USA -
Following an animal abuse investigation, Pennsylvania State Police arrested 28-year-old CODY COLLINS (pictured below).
On March 24, troopers went to a residence on the 3000 block of Big Pond Road in Columbia, after receiving a report of a deceased dog.
PAhomepage reports that COLLINS’ landlord discovered the dog, a Pitbull, near the woods behind a home with a trash bag over his head.
Police said the furbaby appeared to be malnourished and the rib cage was visible through the skin.
During the course of the investigation, detectives determined that COLLINS neglected the poor dog resulting in the senseless death.
Inside the garage, there were two empty cages in “deplorable condition” covered in feces.
The bowls inside did not have any food or water.
According to PAhomepage, COLLINS admitted to putting the Pitbull in a bag, and said he died several weeks ago but couldn’t say how.
COLLINS then said that he had a second dog, a female Pitbull named Luna (pictured below), whom he took to the Animal Care Sanctuary.
The shelter told investigators that when Luna was brought in, she was in “absolute deplorable condition.”
Staff also said Luna was underweight, had numerous open sores, a severe infection, and was covered in urine and feces.
Animal Care Sanctuary told 18 News that COLLINS had brought Luna in early February and claimed she was a stray who had showed up at his door.
The shelter’s Director, Ms. Becca Morgan, told 18 News: “She was incredibly thin like disgustingly thin. You could see every single one of her ribs you could see her spine you could just you could see everything… I’ve personally never seen a dog in that condition.”
Staff renamed the sweet soul Freyja and she has been adopted.
COLLINS is now facing two felony counts of aggravated cruelty to animals causing serious bodily injury or death, two misdemeanor counts of neglect of animals, and two misdemeanor counts of cruelty to animals.
He was remanded to the Bradford County Correctional Facility in lieu of $45,000 bail.
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