Pa. man who tortured dog can still own animals, judge rules

A man who tortured a dog will still be allowed to own animals, a Pennsylvania judge said Thursday.

Russell Seese, 27, of Greentown, received a brief prison sentence and was fined last year after he admitted to police that he used duct tape to bind his Labrador-pit bull mix pup’s front and back legs, as well as her muzzle, before placing her in a dirty chicken coop with no food or water, the Pocono Record reported.

The dog suffered traumatic injuries, and court papers said Seese “intended to destroy the dog with a firearm,” the paper reported.

The Pike County District Attorney’s office pressed county Judge Joseph Kameen to prohibit Seese from owning any animal and getting a job involving animals for two years. But Seese’s attorney, Wielaw Niemoczynski, said the animal ban was extreme because his client didn’t have a history of abusing animals.

Kameen on Thursday declined to add the animal ban to his decision to fine Seese $1,000, effectively allowing Seese to obtain another animal.

A phone call placed by to Niemoczynski’s office late Thursday was not immediately returned.

The dog has since been moved to an animal rescue facility near Pittsburgh, where she’s gained weight, worked with a behaviorist and is being readied for adoption.'s Karl de Vries contributed to this report.

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