Pittsfield man held for court on animal neglect charges

Photo submitted to the Times Observer A man charged in connection with a rescue of 46 dogs from a property in Pittsfield Township was held for court as a result of a Wednesday preliminary hearing. Authorities say the animals were found without proper shelter, in need of veterinary care and living in unsanitary conditions.

A Pittsfield man facing a litany of animal neglect charges had his case held for court during a preliminary hearing held this week.

The charges stem from a Nov. 2019 incident when a total of 46 dogs were rescued from properties in Pittsfield Township.

In the wake of that rescue, Michel Dixon, 63, Pittsfield, was charged with 11 counts of neglect of animals. Seven pertain to providing a lack of vet care (five misdemeanors and two summary offenses) while four are tied to not providing adequate shelter (all summary offenses).

He was held for court after a Wednesday preliminary hearing.

The rescue of the animals took place in Nov. 2019 at two properties on Page Hollow Road. The charges were filed on Dec. 2, 2020.

When the charges were filed, Karen Kolos, executive director of the Paws Along the River Humane Society told the Times Observer that numerous complaints had been made regarding the health and living conditions of the animals.

See Friday’s Times Observer for a full story.


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