SMITHFIELD, Pa. – Three people have been arrested in connection with the abandonment of nearly 30 dogs in a remote area of Fayette County.
Investigators have charged Edward Harris, Regis Grooms and Melisha Robinson, who is a Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission employee, with several counts, including felony animal cruelty charges. They are also facing animal fighting charges accusing them of, “knowingly possessing 29 pit bulls for the purpose of dog fighting.”
WPXI’s Cara Sapida is uncovering new details about the case and how state police first spotted the dogs in such a remote area, coming up on Channel 11 News beginning at 5 p.m. TRENDING NOW:
Investigators rescued 29 dogs from the property in August.
The dogs were tied down in heavy chains in a remote property on Church Street Extension in Smithfield, according to investigators.
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Dog rescuers told Channel 11 News the dogs were severely underweight and covered in ticks. Many of the dogs had collars embedded in their skin.
Two of the dogs died after being taken to a veterinarian in Uniontown. One died within 15 minutes of arriving; the other died a few days later of parvovirus.