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Pa. woman charged with animal cruelty waives court hearing

June 23, 2004

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - A Waynesboro, Pa., woman charged in connection with the discovery of an injured dog in a trash container in January waived her preliminary hearing Tuesday in Franklin County Central Court, according to the district attorney's office.

Sharon K. Black, 43, of 807 W. Main St., was charged by Waynesboro Police with cruelty to animals, a first-degree misdemeanor, in April, according to court records. Her mandatory arraignment on the charge is scheduled for Aug. 4.

The dog was found on Jan. 11 in a large trash bin at the Landis Gardner plant in Waynesboro, Pa. Its front legs were broken and pieces of a folding ruler and duct tape were used as crude splints, police said.

A veterinarian determined the dog's injuries were one to two weeks old and the animal had been in the trash bin up to four days. The dog was operated on, but died of complications, police said.

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A person employed with the county's Children and Youth Services identified the dog from a photograph, police said. Black's children also identified the dog as "Baby Girl," their mother's pet, according to the affidavit of probable cause.

Black gave police different stories about the dog, telling them the dog had been injured jumping over a fence and that her boyfriend had given it as a gift to two unidentified men, the affidavit alleged.

Police alleged she then told them the boyfriend, Dallas Davis, 36, formerly of the same address, had broken the dog's legs with a walking cane. Black said Davis forced her to dispose of the dog at Landis Gardner where she worked, police alleged.

Thinking the animal was dead, she put it in a trash bag and put it in the trash bin, police said.

Waynesboro police issued an arrest warrant for Davis, 36, on charges of cruelty to animals and terroristic threats, but his whereabouts are not known,

If convicted, Black faces a maximum penalty of five years in prison, according to state law.

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