That's because Bubba, a less than one-year-old tan-colored Pit Bull puppy, weighs only 14 pounds and still hasn't built up enough strength to walk steady on his feet since he was found laying in his own feces and urine in a locked room at a Warren home.
Warren dog warden John Onatz said it was one of the worst cases of animal abuse he's seen in nearly 28 years.
The dog was found emaciated and locked in a room at a 2274 S. Feederle S.E. home. Onatz has filed charges against Tyree Kyle, and he's set to appear in Warren Municipal Court Friday.
Bubba is now being taken care of at a Pittsburgh rescue.
Update August 12, 2011 - The following article is from WYTV:
Owner of Abandoned Pit Bull Puppy Appears in Court
Outside the police department, nearly one dozen protesters gathered to support Bubba and asking for more than a slap on the wrist for what Tyree Kyle, 21, had done.
Kyle faces a charge of cruelty to animals after Bubba was found Monday lying in his own feces and urine. Police said the dog was found in a back room in a home they went to because the owner was being evicted. Warren Dog Warden John Onatz said it's one of the worst cases he's see in nearly 28 years.
Kyle pleaded not guilty to his charge in Warren Municipal Court Monday, and will be back in court sometime in the next few weeks.
In the meantime, Bubba is living with Jennifer Bird, who houses a rescue operation near Pittsburgh. A Facebook page has been set up so she can post his progress and ramp up support for Bubba and stronger animal cruelty laws.
Update August 25, 2011 - The following article is from WKBN:
Trial Set in Warren Puppy Abuse Case
Tyree Kyle, the man accused of leaving Bubba the pit bull puppy locked in a room with no food or water, appeared for a pretrial today.
Nearly 75 protestors were there to greet him.
Kyle, 21, pleaded not guilty to a charge of animal abuse earlier this month. He'll go to trial Sept. 22.
Bubba, who was severely malnourished and underweight, was found after Kyle had been evicted from a Warren apartment. Police said Bubba had no food or water and was lying in his own feces and urine.
Kyle's family said he had no job and no money to feed even himself.
After Bubba was found, a Facebook page, Justice for Bubba, was created and regular updates are given on his condition as he gains weight and improves and has more than 5,000 followers. Bubba is being taken care of at an animal rescue facility in Pittsburgh.
- Warren man who abandoned and starved his pit bull puppy appears in court - Examiner