Yesterday, May 21st, Michael Wolfe pleaded guilty to animal cruelty charges, admitting that he threw puppy Harper over an embankment. The judge gave Wolfe the maximum sentence – 3 months of house arrest and 2 years probation. Wolfe is also forbidden from owning a pet as long as he is on probation. He will pay Harper's medical cost to Mostly Mutts, who rescued her. Wolfe’s ex-girlfriend, Angelina Coladonato, was also charged and is expected to appear in court in July. Thank you so much for signing and sharing this petition. Little Harper still has a way to go. She still cannot see and has difficulty with balance. Otherwise, she is a friendly, playful puppy. Harper still needs another operation, and if that goes well, she can be put up for adoption. Wolfe's sentence may not seem "harsh" enough to some. However, in PA, a first offense animal cruelty charge is only a misdemeanor. The court did sentence Wolfe to the maximum allowable under law, which is two years. Not all animal cruelty cases get the maximum sentence, however. Until animal cruelty is taken seriously and becomes a felony in all states, light sentences may be all too common and the horrible acts by animal abusers may continue to be go unpunished.
Northumberland County, PA: A search was on to locate the owner of a critically-injured puppy that had been wrapped in a towel and thrown over a 50-foot embankment. The 12 week-old pit bull terrier sustained severe brain injury and was unable to move her legs. The Good Samaritan who found her contacted the no-kill shelter Mostly Mutts, who rushed the puppy named Harper to the Sunbury Animal Hospital for treatment.
A tip alerted police to Harpers former owners, Michael Wolfe and Angelina Coladonado. Both have been charged with conspiracy - cruelty to animals and unsworn falsification to authorities. Originally they told police that Harper was ill so they gave her away. Wolfe has since admitted to wrapping Harper in a towel and throwing her off the embankment to dispose of her, rather than getting her the medical attention she needed. Wolfe has also been charged with cruelty to animals. All charges are misdemeanors.
Since little Harper’s condition is so severe, it is unknown if she will recover. However, the good news is that the swelling in her brain has gone down, and she is starting to regain flexibility in her legs.
This petition respectfully requests that if found guilty, Michael Wolfe and Angelina Coladonado be given the maximum sentence allowable under law and that they never be allowed to own animals again.
For more information on this story, and what you can do to help Harper: http://www.examiner.com/animal-advocacy-in-national/suspects-charged-with-critically-injuring-pit-bull-puppy
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This petition will be updated as more information becomes available; however, the intent will remain the same.