Pennsylvania authorities arrested a Lansdale man for animal cruelty following the inhumane death of his dog in Upper Dublin Township.
Charles McCafferty IV, 22, faces numerous charges after his dog was found dead on March 9 after being confined to a metal cage wrapped in plastic.
On March 9, the Upper Dublin Township Police Department posted images on its official Facebook page showing the cage in which the dog was killed.
Alongside the pictures a caption reads:
“The UDPD & Montgomery County SPCA are investigating the torture and disposal of a dog in the Willow Grove section of Upper Dublin Township. Officers were called to the area of Welsh Road near Blair Mill Road where they discovered a deceased 6 month to 1 year old, female Pit Bull Terrier. She was discovered inside a metal cage which was had been wrapped in plastic and sealed with tape. Pieces of drywall were used as the bedding for the crate.”
The post garnered 448 likes, almost 2,000 comments and 4,000 shares in the two weeks following its posting.
One of the top comments by Shelly Smith Griffiths says:
“A Native American legend says: ‘When a human dies, there is a bridge they must cross to enter into heaven. At the head of the bridge waits every animal that human encountered during their lifetime. The animals, based on what they know of this person, decide which humans may cross the bridge ... and which are turned away.’”
The Montgomery County SPCA and Upper Dublin Police led an investigation resulting in McCafferty’s arrest, reports WTXF.
On March 11, the UDTPD posted an update on the case writing:
“Our Detective Division is still actively investigating this tragic case and following up on several leads. The evidence is currently being processed and reviewed with the hope of getting this case resolved soon.
"A great number of our Officers are dog owners and we are right there with many of you feeling a combination of heartbreak and anger. In an effort to positively channel those feelings, the Upper Dublin Police Benevolent Association, represented by Officers Kevin Shanahan and Andy Bochanski, presented a donation today to the Montgomery County SPCA, a non-profit organization that is assisting in this investigation. Since many of you have been asking what you can do to help, we would encourage you all to visit the SPCA at the link below and consider making a donation. Donations can be made in memory of 'Dublin,' the name we’ve given to our pup.”