- Erie, Pennsylvania, USA -
A police investigation finally took a successful turn and an arrest was made.
On Monday, October 28, Erie Police were called a home in the 300 block in Parade Street about a dog found severely beaten.
The caller was 37-year-old JUSTINA ROBINSON.
She told officers that someone had broken into her home and beat her 11-month-old service puppy Israel.
Police did not find evidence of forced entry and nothing was stolen from the property.
Officers recovered a hammer and thought it had been used to hit the defenseless dog.
The Erie Humane Society was called in to treat Israel who was later euthanized due to the severity of his injuries.
ROBINSON was questioned by investigators who detected some inconsistencies with her story.
This is another case where the public’s assistance turned out to be crucial because the woman was brought in for further questioning and she finally admitted to hitting her young Lab retriever mix.
On October 30, JUSTINA ROBINSON was arrested.
She faces multiple charges including one felony count of aggravated cruelty to animals, along with misdemeanor counts of possessing an instrument of crime, cruelty to animals, and false reports to law enforcement.
The other two dogs who were in her home were given back to their previous owner, and the cat was turned over to the Erie Humane Society.