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Maugansville man, woman charged with animal cruelty

April 26, 2010

Two Maugansville residents were charged with animal cruelty in connection with an American Staffordshire terrier that was in "horrible shape," including being bony and having an abscess on its back, according to court records.

Michael Powell, 28, and Athena Harvey, 36, both of 14024 Seneca Ridge Drive, were each charged with animal cruelty, inflicting unnecessary suffering and pain on a female dog, and failing to provide a female dog with nutritious food and necessary veterinary care, according to Washington County District Court records.

The charges stem from a call Evelyn Garrett received at the Humane Society of Washington County about the dog, court records show.

Garrett said a woman told her that her daughter was responding to an advertisement on Craigslist for a free dog.

The daughter told her mother that the dog was in very bad physical condition and the daughter did not want to leave the dog, so she took it with her, court records said.

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The daughter took the dog to the Humane Society of Carroll County, Md., and a representative from that organization said the dog was in "horrible shape," court records said. The dog was bony, its nails were discolored and its gums were pale, according to court records.

Powell told an official that the dog was not taken to a veterinarian because of a lack of money, court records show.

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