Pittsburgh Police arrested a West End man on more than 100 counts of animal cruelty on Tuesday. The horrific discovery was made at a home in the 1200 block of Arnold Street where more than 50 animals were found dead. Some of them were in cages outside the home in the backyard, however, many of the cages were clearly visible from the street!
What’s most disturbing is that the neglect had obviously been going on for some time. Why didn’t a neighbor or a passerby alert the authorities?
It was actually the man’s brother who eventually called the police!
Here’s the story from CBS Pittsburg:
Bonnie Goodnow, who lives in the same neighborhood where the animals were found, said, “I think it’s sad, you know; if you can’t take care of them, don’t get them.”
Pittsburgh Police arrested 52-year-old Dennis Safranko. He held his head down and said nothing to reporters as police escorted him from the Zone 6 Police Station.
Safranko’s being charged with more than 110 felony counts. One count per animal for torture and another count per animal for causing death through prolonged deprivation of food and water.
The animals all died, police said, from severe neglect.
“There were 56 dead animals found on the property,” Pittsburgh Police Officer Christine Luffey said. “They were laying on the ground, some of them in garbage bags, some lying dead in the cages.”
Allen Safranko, 43, had been estranged from his brother Dennis for several years. When he showed up at his older brother’s house unannounced, he was shocked at what he saw.
“All these dead dogs were everywhere. Most of them were in the backyard in cages, but some where inside in trashbags. It was the craziest thing I’ve ever seen,” the younger Safranko said. “My brother is sick.”
When he asked about the deceased dogs, his older brother laughed!
He said, “They’re just stupid dogs.”
Well, we’ll see how he feels about that when he’s sitting in a jail cell. And while it’s clear that anyone who would keep animal carcasses in their home is mentally-ill, he’s still responsible for his crimes.
We think there should be a national animal abusers registry so people like Dennis Safranko can never legally own pets again.
How much time should he receive for these crimes?