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January 23, 2014

City woman accused of causing pups’ deaths

JOHNSTOWN — Two puppies were found dead inside a West End home after being left there by a woman who moved elsewhere because the house had no heat, Johnstown police said Thursday.

The pups were extremely thin and appeared to have died from exposure, police said.

Samantha A. Meyers, 21, of the 300 block of Rear Beatrice Avenue, faces multiple cruelty to animals charges.

Investigators said she left a dog and at least two pups in a “deplorable” home littered with their waste. Police did not say what happened to the dog.

“The utilities appeared to be off. There was no heat inside,” police Capt. Andrew Frear said, noting the woman had moved out.

Meyers was located at a Cook Street residence Thursday. Police said she told them she “had to leave” because she no longer had heat in the Beatrice Avenue residence.

“It was wrong to leave the dogs (at) home under those conditions,” she told Patrolman Brad Christ, according to a criminal complaint he filed Thursday.

Police said they found the puppies inside a box in the home.

A preliminary hearing for Meyers is scheduled on Jan. 30 before District Judge Michael Musulin.

Court records show Meyers also is charged with endangering the welfare of children stemming from an incident in July. City police said the woman was charged after they found her 5-year-old son sitting alone on a Big Wheel-style bike in the middle of a North Sheridan Street intersection in the Oakhurst Homes housing complex.

Police said charges were filed in that incident after they located Meyers at a friend’s apartment and she “seemed to have little concern” about the child’s whereabouts.

David Hurst is a reporter for The Tribune-Democrat. Follow him on Twitter at www.twitter.com/tddavidhurst.

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