SHAMOKIN PA - CHARGES HAVE BEEN FILED AGAINST ONE 17-YEAR-OLD MALE AND ANOTHER TEEN IS BEING SOUGHT AFTER SURVEILLANCE CAMERAS RECORDED THEM ALLOWING 2 PIT BULLS TO KILL A PET CAT
A 17-year-old Shamokin male has been charged with two felony counts of cruelty to animals and misdemeanors of recklessly endangering another person, criminal mischief and disorderly conduct for allegedly allowing his PIT BULL to maul and kill a city man's cat Wednesday.
Patrolman William Miner filed the charges Friday afternoon in a written allegation with Northumberland County Juvenile Court Services against Shatiq Crum, of 26 S. Franklin St.
Police are still attempting to identify the second teen who was with Crum when the attack occurred in the 100 block of West Willow Street.
Crum and the other male are accused of allowing their two pit bulls to kill a cat owned by Greg Orner.
Crum, who has refused to divulge the identity of the other person, is being detained at Central Counties Youth Center inBellefonte.
The incident was captured on a surveillance camera.
Chief of Police Darwin Tobias III said he didn't know if the pit bulls were still with their owners' families. He said efforts are being made by State Dog Warden Mark Rusinsko and Pennsylvania Humane Society Police Officer Richard Wright of the Phoenix Rescue Group in Carlisle to find a rescue shelter for the pit bulls. Wright did not return a call placed Friday evening seeking comment.
The cat killing has sparked outrage in the community.
"It's a horrendous act. That cat didn't deserve to die the way it did," Wright previously stated.
Wright, who is helping Shamokin police with their investigation, said he "literally teared up" watching the video. "It's a gut-wrenching one. I'm sad for that cat and for those people."
Crum and the other male were caught on surveillance video walking two pit bulls on West Willow Street. The video shows the boys walking the dogs on leashes following the cat out of the frame, and then shows the pit bulls off their leashes, chasing the cat onto a porch, where it was attacked.
The boys, in video from across the street, are seen walking up to the porch to leash the dogs. Crum is seen walking the dog off the porch with the cat still in his dog's jaws. With the leash in his hand, he is seen allowing the dogs to shake and continue to maul the cat before releasing the animal.
Crum told Miner he tried to pull one of the pit bulls off the cat, but had difficulty because of the dog's strength. Police said a person can be seen in the video briefly pulling back on the leash.
Orner contacted Miner Thursday morning and told the officer he wanted to prosecute both males who were with the pit bulls.
Anyone with more information about the attack is urged to call police at 570-648-5708 or Wright at 717-226-1575 firstname.lastname@example.org.