Tuesday, June 16, 2009
by DANIEL VICTOR, Of The Patriot-News
Wednesday June 10, 2009, 2:46 PM
Above, two of the five beagle puppies who were found in a trash bag Tuesday morning in Lykens.
An officer from the Harrisburg Area Humane Society filed five misdemeanor animal cruelty charges Tuesday against John Walls, 29, for allegedly leaving five newborn puppies in the trash on June 2.
If convicted, the penalty would include a minimum $5,000 fine and possible jail time, according to Kelly Hitz, spokeswoman for the Humane Society.
Walls, of the 400 block of South Second Street in Lykens, told The Patriot-News that he thought the beagles were dead before putting them in a trash bag with the rest of the garbage. One was already dead when a garbage collector found them, and the other four died over the next few days at the Humane Society, Hitz said.
Walls was also cited by the state with abandonment and with not having licenses for the dogs in his home.
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