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Abandoned dog in Pittston highlights need for Libre’s Law


PITTSTON, LUZERNE COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU-TV) — The investigation into a case of animal abuse in Luzerne County is intensifying and tonight Pittston police say they are working on several new leads.

Eyewitness News has been working on the case of the 8-month-old pit bull named Nova for a week now. The puppy was found emaciated on Pittston Street.

Pittston police are confident they will find the person or persons responsible for abusing Nova and have them face justice here at the Luzerne County courthouse.

We got a chance to see Nova who we are told is making a slow recovery say officials from the Luzerne County S.P.C.A.

“You know we are seeing some progress. It is a slow recuperation for her giving the ailments she came in with. We are seeing some real positive signs that her energy is coming back .She’s putting on a little bit of weight as we speak,” said Todd Hevner, Executive Director of Luzerne county S.P.C.A.

S.P.C.A. Officials say Nova is warming up to human contact.

“I can’t imagine anyone not feeding a dog leaving a dog in that condition. The poor thing she looked so sweet it is a sad story,” said Nadine Claus, who donates often to the S.P.C.A.

However, Pittston police say the story may be headed to a happy ending. They released these images taken from a security camera in the Pittston neighborhood where Nova was abandoned.

One shows a person in the street and another a possible suspect vehicle believed to be a late model ford escape model years 2008 to 2012.

“We have several active leads several people of interest that we are currently investigating. Hopefully we come to a resolution soon,” stated Detective Kyle Schumosic.

Luzerne county prosecutors say if and when an arrest is made, the person will likely face prosecution under what’s called libre’s law.

A law signed into law by governor wolf in 2017 toughens the penalties for people accused of animal abuse a person convicted on Libre’s laws can see serious jail time and pay tens of thousands of dollars in fines.

Before Libre’s law, oftentimes that same person might just face minor fines Luzerne county district Attorney Sam Sangeudolce says Libre’s law gives prosecutors more options.

“Yes they thought the penalties were too little. The language was also a bit confusing. So since the passage of Libre’s law it actually clarified what particular animal abuse means. It expands the amount of animals that can be encompassed in the animal abuse category also does increase the penalties for violations,” said Attorney Sangeudolce.

A two thousand dollar reward is being offered for information that leads to an arrest and conviction of the person or person’s responsible for the abuse of Nova. Anyone with information is urged to call Pittston city police.

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