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Arrests made in Pennsylvania dog burning

Two western Pennsylvania residents have been charged with animal cruelty in connection with the burning and abandoning of a 1-year-old mixed breed dog named Chance.

Van Tassel


Raelynn Van Tassel, 23, and Shannon Clarke, 34, both of Sharon, are accused of keeping the dog in a basement for several days without medical treatment after inflicting what are believed to be chemical burns. Days later, they abandoned him in the streets.

In addition to burns over two-thirds of his body, the dog also was found with three broken teeth and a laceration to its mouth, according to WYTV.

The dog was found by a police officer on April 10 and turned over to the Mercer County Humane Society, which took Chance to a local veterinarian for treatment.

He has since been adopted and is expected to survive.

The Mercer County District Attorney’s office and the humane society conducted the investigation.


Comment from smoketoomuch
Time May 10, 2011 at 8:23 am

If found guilty, these two desperately need to see the inside of a jail cell. We MUST start to send the message that this kind of behavior will no longer be tolerated.

Comment from Laura
Time May 11, 2011 at 8:07 pm

What these two got stupid!!! What were they thinking!! Duh!!!

Comment from smurfette
Time May 13, 2011 at 9:35 am

They have a baby too, what are they going to do to it?

Comment from Anonymous
Time January 3, 2013 at 12:26 am

Hmm , I got a feeling this wont be Clarkes last time in court system