State law enforcement reported a Westmoreland County animal rescue’s social media posts seeking information and facts on the abuse of a stray doggy this week aided lead them to a suspect Wednesday.
Devin Jacob Eli Rugg, 19, of Scottdale, was arrested on two counts each of aggravated cruelty to animals creating severe bodily injuries and cruelty to animals and a single rely of terroristic threats. He was released Thursday on $75,000 unsecured bond following shelling out a evening in the county jail, authorities claimed.
Trooper Troy Faulk documented in courtroom documents that a girl witnessed the pet dog becoming abused together rural Rankin Highway in close proximity to Ruffs Dale in East Huntingdon about 5:30 p.m. Tuesday.
The lady telephoned law enforcement and stated she watched a yellow pickup truck prevent alongside the road as gentleman exited the truck and started screaming. She claimed the man then re-entered the vehicle.
“He then set the yellow truck in push, maneuvered to the right aspect of the highway and she heard a “yelp” as the yellow truck maneuvered to the right side of the road … and depart the space,” Faulk reported.
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Faulk reported the woman went to examine and uncovered a brown, male pit bull dog laying on the aspect of the highway critically injured.
“The pitbull was in distress and crying on the facet of the road … blood was coming from all 4 of the puppies legs,” Faulk quoted the unidentified witness as telling him.
The canine was taken to New Stanton Veterinary Services and addressed for numerous fractures to its pelvic space, bone bruises and many lacerations. It was then taken to recuperate at the All But Furgotten animal humane facility in North Huntingdon.
The rescue posted pictures of the pet, specifics of the dog’s injuries and wherever the incident happened and the ideas commenced coming in that led troopers to Rugg, in accordance to state police spokesman Trooper Steve Limani.
“Thank goodness for the steps of the witness, investigators, the animal shelter and the general public who telephoned in with strategies. I even received some at household yesterday, much too,” Limani explained.
In accordance courtroom documents submitted by Faulk, just one of the tipsters who telephoned the animal shelter was a teen who claimed he was in the truck with Rugg and witnessed the full incident. His name was saved confidential in courtroom documents.
Humane Officer Dina Perri passed the data to Faulk.
The witness explained to investigators that Rugg and he came upon the stray pet dog and were headed to drop it off at a Youngwood spot animal shelter when a woman informed Rugg “she may be interested in a garage pet.”
Right after dropping off the pet, the witness informed Faulk that Rugg been given a different get in touch with from the woman a short time afterwards telling him to return to get the puppy and consider it to the shelter.
Just after Rugg picked up the canine a second time, the witness stated Rugg gained a simply call from his girlfriend and “they started to struggle on the phone.”
The witness instructed police Rugg then resolved not to choose the puppy to a shelter and he advised the teenager “I’m likely to get rid of this pet.”
Immediately after bodily assaulting the pet along the aspect of the road, the witness said the canine began to “yelp and cry,” Faulk wrote.
When the teenager obtained out of the truck in an attempt to get Rugg to stop the assault, he instructed troopers Rugg threatened him.
”‘Get back again in the truck or I”ll operate you about, too’,” Faulk quoted the teenager recalling his discussion with Rugg.
The witness explained to troopers that Rugg to start with backed his 2015 Chevrolet Colorado over the puppy and then put it in generate and ran it above a next time as he fled the scene.
Limani stated Rugg turned so irate during the telephone argument with his girlfriend, “he took the anger out on the pet dog.”
“It’s a shame,” Limani stated.
All But Furgotten President Melanie Wedge and Perri said the puppy, nicknamed “Russell” by the shelter, has a extended road to recovery. Wedge mentioned Russell will need 24 hour observation.
“We still never know who the owner is,” Perri stated. “Today’s been a genuine tough working day for him. When he stands up… from time to time he falls around.”
Wedge mentioned a foster relatives has been identified for Russell, but it will be awhile just before he can go there.
Rugg could not be achieved for comment immediately after his launch from jail Thursday. He did not have an attorney mentioned in court files.
Anyone who would make a donation to help defray the nonprofit’s fees caring for Russell can make contact with All But Furgotten by e-mail at [email protected], through Fb message at https://www.fb.com/AllButFurgotten or by mobile phone at 724-382-7178.
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A preliminary listening to for Rugg is scheduled June 30.