Mercer Humane Society Probes Dog’s Death

Mercer dog abuse case
Workers at the Shenango Valley Animal Shelter in Hermitage found an abandoned neglected dog outside last week. He later died.

The Humane Society of Mercer County is seeking the public’s help to find the person responsible for the neglect of a dog that later died.

Angel Campman of the Shenango Valley Animal Shelter in Hermitage said several employees found an adult boxer dog abandoned and tied to a pole in front of the shelter on April 23. He was severely emaciated, starved and in poor health, with sores on his body.

The employees brought the dog inside and named him Joe. They called Humane Society Officer Tom Swartz, who took Joe to the vet for treatment and overnight observation.

The dog died at the Hermitage shelter the next day and his death is now being investigated as a neglect/abuse case.

Campman said the agency has received several tips, but none of them have panned out. Now, the agency is asking the public to report if they know who the dog belonged to or if they have other information that may help find the person responsible.

Campman said Joe had blankets underneath him when he was found at the shelter, leading her to believe that someone “rescued” him from the conditions he was in and brought him to the shelter.

“If that is what happened, the person who dropped him off may be afraid of being charged. We are not interested in who brought Joe here. We want to know where he came from and who his owner is so we can file charges against them,” Campman said.

She also said the humane society wants to know where the dog came from in case there are other animals there also being neglected.

The society is offering a $225 reward in the case, but is asking the public to donate more so the reward can grow.

Campman said despite his sickness, Joe was very friendly.

“He was wagging his tail and was so loving. He just wanted some attention and to be loved,” Campman said.

Anyone with information on the case or who would like to donate can call the Humane Society of Mercer County at 724-981-5445.

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