A man who duct-taped his Pit Bull/Labrador mix around her mouth and legs was sentenced to jail time on December 20th. Russell Seese, 27, was sentenced to up to 12 months in the Pike County Correctional Facility and was also ordered to pay a fine of $500.
A Pennsylvania Humane Society police officer freed the dog named Lexi after being called to Seese's home by a state police trooper. Lexi was found in a chicken coop on Seese's Greene Township property on March 1st of this year. According to Facebook reports, as soon as she was freed from her binds, Lexi smothered the officers with kisses and her tag wagged eagerly.
Lexi was injured according to a criminal complaint and was taken into protective custody by Dog Warden Jim Rickert and Pennsylvania Humane Society Officer Marlene Metzger in Pike County, Pennsylvania.
State police, the state dog warden and the Pennsylvania Humane Society investigated the case and a week later Reese was charged with two counts of animal cruelty.
As for Lexi, she is now named Jaynah is safe with Divine Destiny Rescue Inc. in Pittsburgh PA. Kimberley Rice from the rescue provided a new photo of Jaynah and said she is under the care of their trainer behaviorist Nick Ferraro and doing very well.
Lexi now named Jaynah is safe and doing well in the care of Divine Destiny Rescue.
Update: December 31, 2013
Russell Seese has been fired from his job following his conviction of animal cruelty last week. He had worked as a Pike County employee as a resource conservationist at the Pike County Conservation District since 2011. After his sentencing, officials in Pike County were "bombarded" with complaints about his continued employment. The Pocono Record reported that Pike County Commissioners sent a letter to Seese indicating that due to the conviction, his employment was terminated effective Monday.
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