Paws for justice
Charges filed in November dog rescue
A story reported in November about the rescue of 46 dogs from a property in Pittsfield Township now includes more details, including the name of the man alleged to be responsible for their care and the names of many of the dogs.
Michael Dixon, 61, faces three charges of third-degree misdemeanor counts of animal neglect by failing to provide veterinary care and multiple summary offenses for also failing to provide shelter, protection, sustenance and water. The rescue of the animals took place on Nov. 7 a second date in November at two properties on Page Hollow Road. The charges were filed on Dec. 27, according to district court documents.
The list of 11 charges were filed by Karen Kolos, executive director and humane officer of Paws Along The River Humane Society in Warren. Kolos told the Times Observer in November that numerous complaints concerning the health and living conditions of the dogs led to the seizure.
Staff and volunteers from the society, along with Pennsylvania State Police battled cold weather to rescue 39 dogs on Nov. 7.
The dogs were living in a pack situation. Many had to be carried out since they weren’t used to leashes and collars, Kolos said in November. Rescuers returned to the location on a second occasion to rescue the seven remaining dogs that managed to hide under the home.
The list of charges filed against Dixon includes details of the scene. A five-month-old mixed-breed dog named “Pup pup” was living in an outside pen with three adult dogs. The pen had one dog house for shelter. Pup Pup had been attacked and bitten and his paw was swollen, according to the private criminal complaint accompanying the charges.
The complaint also states that “Foxy”, a mixed-breed female, was pregnant and chained inside an outdoor penned area, She had been chained for more than nine hours when the temperature was approximately 20 degrees, according to the complaint. Foxy had to have surgery.
The dogs were all taken to the Paws Along The River facility in Warren in November. The dogs are all making progress, according to Kolos. Four dogs have been listed on the facility’s website for consideration of adoption, according to Kolos. “It’s a long process,” she said. “We’re still in the middle of a legal case also.”
“This was a big rescue for us,” she said. The number of dogs needing cared for and the time involved has increased the need at the facility. “We’ve been overwhelmed by the generosity of the community,” she said. “The animals come first.”
Additional charges were filed against Dixon by the Bureau of Dog Law Enforcement. Dixon was charged with operating a kennel without a license, failure to obtain dog license and failure to vaccinate against rabies.
Dixon is scheduled for a preliminary hearing in district court on Feb. 12.
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