Man Now Facing 2 Counts Of Animal Cruelty
Allegheny County deputies said they discovered one of the most disturbing cases of animal neglect some of them have ever seen while serving a warrant in Pittsburgh on Wednesday.
While serving a warrant to DluShaun Grace, 18, at his Broadway Street apartment officers said they found a dead black Labrador inside of a locked cage. In another room officers found a pit bull nearly starved to death in another cage.
Police said they were there to serve Grace with a bench warrant.
"To leave a dog along in a crate fighting its way out like that is just horrible," said humane Officer Robert Grosser. "There is feces scattered throughout the house. It's just one of those horrible, neglectful situations."
Neighbors said they often complained about the smell and noise coming from the house. Channel 11's Timyka Artist spoke to one neighbor who said he complained, but had no idea how bad it really was.
"Those guys have been living there with a dead dog eating and sleeping in the next room? That's disgusting," said Mymy Swann.
Humane officer said the animals did not have food or water for several days. Deputies said Grace admitted the lab had been dead for at least a week but would not say why he didn't tell anyone.
Grace is currently in the Allegheny County Jail facing outstanding drug charges and two counts of cruelty to animals.
Channel 11 News spoke to Grace's father who said his son is mentally challenged and may have become overwhelmed trying to care for two dogs on his own.