A Perry South woman is being held in the Allegheny County Jail today on charges that she hit her neighbor's dog in the head with a 2-by-4 piece of wood, severely injuring the small animal.
Pittsburgh police were called to the 2000 block of Drum Street, about 12:30 p.m. Saturday.
A woman told officers she was arguing with her neighbor, Tairon Luster, 22, and Ms. Luster threw several eggs at her car. Ms. Luster then went into her home, came out with a piece of wood and threatened her neighbor, police said. Then, she struck the dog in the head, causing it to instantly collapse, according to a criminal complaint.
When officers arrived, the 20-pound dog was seizing and bleeding profusely. The assistant director at the Western Pennsylvania Humane Society on Western Avenue told officers "the dog was in very critical condition" and would likely need to be euthanized, according to the complaint.
Police also wrote that when they went into Ms. Luster's apartment, they found two loaded handguns, a marijuana blunt and two glass pipes within reach of two young children who were inside.
Ms. Luster faces a Sept. 13 preliminary hearing on charges of cruelty to animals, simple assault, endangering the welfare of children and disorderly conduct as well as gun and drug violations. She is being held in jail on $25,000 bail, according to court records.
First Published September 1, 2013 7:45 AM