- Pennsylvania, USA -
The Pennsylvania State Police (PSP) announced that Corporal MICAHEL PERILLO, assigned to Troop J in Avondale, is charged with aggravated cruelty to animals after an on-duty incident on December 28, 2021, in Chester County.
According to a criminal complaint filed by PSP Internal Affairs Division, Cpl. PERILLO responded to assist at an incident involving a loose horse on the roadway.
Upon arrival, PERILLO drove a patrol vehicle into the horse multiple times, causing him/her to fall. Using the vehicle, PERILLO then pinned the horse to the pavement, where he/she was euthanized by another trooper. (I hate to think how!!!)
PSP said that the horse was on the shoulder of Route 1 in Lower Oxford Township and had already been struck by a motorist before troopers were dispatched.
PERILLO is charged with two counts of aggravated cruelty to animals, both graded as a felony of the third degree, and one count of cruelty to animals, a misdemeanor of the second degree. He was arraigned on Friday, July 22, at the Chester County Justice Center and bail was set at $50,000 unsecured.
PERLLIO has been suspended without pay pending resolution of the case.
The complaint was filed before Magisterial District Judge Scott Massey, in Oxford.
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