The owner of an injured dog that was taken to a local animal shelter earlier this month has been charged with harming it.
Pittsburgh police said Don Miller, 20, of Perry South, took a Siberian husky wrapped in a garbage bag to the Western Pennsylvania Humane Society earlier this month and told workers there that he found the dog in Homewood.
The dog was “severely emaciated” and had a cut on his neck that was about 1 inch deep and 7 inches long.
In the days that followed, police said they received several anonymous tips, including some that indicated that Mr. Miller owned the dog.
Mr. Miller is currently being held in the Allegheny County Jail in a separate case in which he is faced with driving violations and other charges.
When Officer Christine Luffey met him at the jail earlier this week, Mr. Miller confessed to owning the dog, police said. He described the dog as “great” and “extremely energetic” but said it also had discipline problems so when he grew frustrated with it one day he used a wire from his Xbox to tied it up, according to a criminal complaint.
Mr. Miller told police he grew worried when he returned to his house later to find the dog had a cut on its neck, so he concocted a story about discovering it in Homewood.
Officer Luffey said this afternoon that veterinarians expect the dog, who they’ve named “Barney,” to make a full recovery and to be available for adoption in about a month.
“We’re so grateful to the public for coming forward,” Officer Luffey said. “This case would have been much more difficult to solve without them.”
Liz Navratil: email@example.com or 412-263-1438.