Two local cases of animal cruelty render guilty verdicts

He’s safe now: Buddy was rescued from a Northwood home. The owner was found guilty of unsanitary confinement.

The Pennsylvania SPCA last week secured guilty verdicts in two local cases of animal cruelty.

Brian Grant, of the 5000 block of Castor Ave. in Northwood, was found guilty of one summary count of unsanitary confinement of 15 cats at his residence. Grant was sentenced to pay a $50 fine to the state and 90 days prohibition of animal ownership. The cats in question were signed over to the SPCA, where they are available for adoption.

John Aleman, of the 1200 block of Passmore St. in Oxford Circle, was found guilty for failure to provide veterinary care for his dog, Cutie, a Shih Tzu mix. The dog was found to have severe matting, leading to skin wounds. Aleman was sentenced to pay a $50 fine to the state and 90 days prohibition of animal ownership. Cutie has since found a permanent home.

“With a mission to protect animals, prevent cruelty and improve the health and quality of life for animals throughout Pennsylvania, we are always honored to bring justice to those animals that are victims of cruelty in our state,” said Rebecca Glenn-Dinwoodie, director of humane litigation. “It is our hope that through this important work and the education of citizens throughout our state and country, that someday we will put an end to all animal cruelty, and the prosecution of offenders will not be necessary. Until that time, we are here to stand up for the rights of animals, and advocate for their protection.”

To report animal abuse, call the Pennsylvania SPCA’s cruelty hotline toll-free at 866–601-SPCA. ••