Man charged with cruelty to animals in dog strangulation

IRWIN, Pa. (AP) – A man has been charged with misdemeanor cruelty to animals in the strangulation death of a dog he had adopted from a western Pennsylvania animal shelter.

Police in Westmoreland County were called to the Irwin home of 33-year-old Jason French shortly after 2 p.m. Tuesday.

Patrolman Michael Hooper found a black dog weighing about 30 pounds dead behind the house, and he alleges that French told him he strangled the animal with his hands because “he wouldn’t stop barking.”

The officer alleges that French showed no remorse, saying “It took me three hours to strangle that dog. You wouldn’t think it would take long with a dog that size.”

Court documents don’t list an attorney who could respond to the charges; a listed number for French couldn’t be found Sunday.

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