Justice for Harper, Pit Bull Puppy Thrown Over 50-Foot Embankment in PA
  • Petitioned Hon. Robert B. Sacavage

This petition was delivered to:

Court of Common Pleas Judge
Hon. Robert B. Sacavage
Northumberland County District Attorney
Anthony J. Rosini
Magisterial District Judge
Hon. John Gembic

Justice for Harper, Pit Bull Puppy Thrown Over 50-Foot Embankment in PA

    1. Hand 4Paws
    2. Petition by

      Hand 4Paws

      Albuquerque, NM

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May 2012

Victory

From Hand4Paws: 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


http://www.wnep.com/wnep-numb-two-charged-in-connection-to-dog-abuse-20120117,0,5007239.story

Photo courtesy of: 16 WNEP news


This petition will be updated as more information becomes available; however, the intent will remain the same.

To:
Hon. Robert B. Sacavage, Court of Common Pleas Judge
Anthony J. Rosini, Northumberland County District Attorney
Hon. John Gembic, Magisterial District Judge
We, the undersigned, respectfully request that if found guilty, Michael Wolfe and Angelina Coladonado, the couple accused of throwing their dog Harper down an embankment, be given the maximum sentence allowable under law. Also, they should never be allowed to own animals again.

Thank you for your prompt attention in this matter.

Sincerely,

Sincerely,
[Your name]

Recent signatures

    News

    1. Harper is still looking for her forever home!

      Hand 4Paws
      Petition Organizer

      12/19/12: After all this sweetheart went through, she is a special needs dog who needs a special owner who will care for her. Please contact Middle Mutts (570-473-1029) if you are interested in adopting Harper. More info on Harper, including photo of what she looks like now, is in article: http://www.examiner.com/article/update-on-harper-the-puppy-thrown-over-30-foot-embankment?cid=db_articles

      Update on Harper, the puppy thrown over 30-foot embankment

      Joyce Fields,Mansfield Animal Advocacy Examiner Joyce Fields has always loved animals. Her pets have all been adopted from kill shelters. Joyce is a strong supporter of animal rights and welfare. She believes in giving a voice to those who have none. You may contact Joyce with your stories and/or questions.

    2. Man pleads guilty to animal cruelty

      Hand 4Paws
      Petition Organizer

      Wolfe pleads guilty, sentenced to 3 mos of house arrest & 2 yr probation

    3. Court date

      Hand 4Paws
      Petition Organizer

      This case has been transferred to the Court of Common Pleas. The next court date is scheduled for May 21, 2012

    4. HARPER UPDATE FOR MARCH 30th

      Hand 4Paws
      Petition Organizer

      From Mostly Mutts: "She is doing well. A thrift store has given us baby crib bumper pads and we are now using them instead of pillows to confine her. They are soft and not as easy for her to tear apart! She now starting to puppy bite!!! And because of abuse issues we must be very careful on how to tell her NO. She always has more friends to play with now. And we all know you can never have enough friends. This seems to be helping her with her balance and strength. Thank you everyone for your on going support for Harper and the Mostly Mutts organization".

    5. HARPER UPDATE FOR MARCH 23rd

      Hand 4Paws
      Petition Organizer

      From Mostly Mutts of Sunbury PA: "Someone has come forward willing to pay for Harper to see a eye specialist. She still does not see. The next step would be a doctor in Virginia if there is any hope for her eyesight to be regained. Also she has made a new friend who comes to visit. She loves to play with the other dog. This is a good sign for her learning how to be a dog".

    6. Petition is now closed

      Hand 4Paws
      Petition Organizer

      Petition was mailed today, signed by 15,100 supporters of little Harper. Here is a picture showing all the pages of signatures on the petition before it was sent:

    7. Petition to close soon

      Hand 4Paws
      Petition Organizer

      Petition will be closing soon so can be mailed to and received by Judge John Gembic before the March 6th hearing date. We will keep you updated on this case and on Harpers recovery. Thank you so much for signing to bring justice for sweet little Harper!

    8. Reached 15,000 signatures
    9. HARPER UPDATE FOR FEBRUARY 24TH

      Hand 4Paws
      Petition Organizer

      From Mostly Mutts Facebook page: "Just talked with Cheryl and Miss Harper has been very busy. She has torn up her first pillow. And also has learned how to get stuff out of a kong. She still has not figured out how to use her paws to hold a chew stick she just pushes it all over the place with her nose. But the best news is that she is not lost any progress in her recovery. Still waiting for new photos to post!"

    10. A preliminary hearing

      Hand 4Paws
      Petition Organizer

      A preliminary hearing for a young Shamokin couple charged last week with misdemeanors in connection with their 3-month-old female brindle pit bull being thrown off an embankment will be held at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday, March 6, before Magisterial District Judge John Gembic III.

    11. HARPER UPDATE FOR FEBRUARY 17TH

      Hand 4Paws
      Petition Organizer

      From Mostly Mutts Facebook page: "This has not been a good week for Harper. She appears to be falling quite abit. Cheryl is not sure if she is just growing and has to learn how to walk with her larger body or if something else is going on. She can now find her water and food dishes without stepping in them. And last night for the first Cheryl thinks she tried to bark. It seems sad that here is a young puppy who hasn't barked yet since being at mutts. She is growing and her hearing seems to be ok."

    12. Reached 12,500 signatures
    13. 2/1/12 Update on Little Harper

      Hand 4Paws
      Petition Organizer

      Another update from Mostly Mutts, including photos of Harper

    14. Reached 10,000 signatures
    15. Update on Harper

      Hand 4Paws
      Petition Organizer

      Heard from the rescue that is currently taking care of Harper. They said her progress is slow. Harper is eating (even had her first milkbone!) and moving around but still is very unsteady. She is starting to walk in a straight line instead of in circles. Harper's vision is in question. She is undergoing intensive therapy, and they likened her to Gabby Giffords. The rescue said her recovery may take awhile. And they wanted to thank everyone for your concern. We would like to thank them, as well, for all they are doing for Harper!

    16. Reached 7,000 signatures
    17. Hearing scheduled

      Hand 4Paws
      Petition Organizer

      The preliminary hearing for Michael Wolfe and Angelina Coladonato is scheduled for 9:30 a.m. on March 6, 2012 at the Northumberland County Courthouse, 2 East Arch St., Shamokin, PA

    18. Reached 3,000 signatures
    19. Petition for justice for critically injured puppy

      Hand 4Paws
      Petition Organizer

      Thank you, Bonnie Snider, for including the petition in your article! Article also includes a link if anyone would like to help donate for little Harpers medical care

    20. Reached 2,500 signatures
    21. Two charged in Coal Township animal cruelty case

      Hand 4Paws
      Petition Organizer

      Click on link to watch video of Harper. She still has trouble walking (she can only walk in circles) and has trouble with balance

    22. Reached 2,000 signatures

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    Reasons for signing

    • LAURA BUECKERT BROOKS, CANADA
      • over 2 years ago

      I am so sick of this crap!! Why do animals have to suffer in silence? THEY DON'T! Stand up for something real, and give a voice to the voiceless!

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    • Lynn Sajdak SMYRNA, GA
      • over 2 years ago

      Please do not allow these two sadistic monsters to get away with this horrific crime lightly! Animal cruelty is rampant and a stiff sentence needs to be handed down on these sick individuals! I ask that you please punish them to the fullest extent of the law possible!

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    • Joanna Bruno BURLINGTON, WA
      • over 2 years ago

      Cruelty to any living creature should be punished by severe jail time, and loss of any contact with living creatures smaller than that person! i.e. children and animals, and should never be allowed to be in a position of authority or a role model in the sports world..

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    • Lindsey DeMinter MONROE, WA
      • over 2 years ago

      Animal cruelty is not acceptable! Whoever did this should not be allowed to get away with this!

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    • lisa bolmer EDWARDSVILLE, PA
      • over 2 years ago

      i am against animals being abused to the fullest..

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