Justice for Abandoned Husky Who 'Melted' into Floorboards

Justice for Abandoned Husky Who 'Melted' into Floorboards

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It's nearly inconceivable that anyone would take a lengthy trip leaving their dog unattended at home, but that's exactly what an ex-pro baseball player did. He then asked his neighbor's stepson to clear up the remains, including maggots and bodily fluids, and to not get him into trouble. The husky, named Eagle, was skin and bone and appeared to have melted into the floor while laying as if waiting for Abner to return. We cannot bring Eagle back or undo his suffering, but we can ensure his negligent guardian is prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. Act now to get justice for Eagle.

Shawn Abner, who was Major League Baseball's top draft pick in 1984, may not be remembered for his lackluster outfielder performance from 1987 – 1992, but he will most certainly go down in infamy for the starvation death of his 14-year-old dog, Eagle.

On August 7, 2019, Abner contacted his neighbor in Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania from Topeka, Kansas where he was visiting his girlfriend. He asked for the neighbor's son check on Eagle. The neighbor's son was met with a foul odor, but entered Abner's apartment anyway. He found Eagle lying just inside the door fully decomposing. The young man then spoke with Abner, who asked him to remove Eagle and to bury him. Other neighbors would remark that they hadn't seen Eagle, possibly since May or June when he was spotted limping and appearing to be skinny.

While Abner posed a tender RIP for Eagle, his disgusted neighbor contacted the Hampden Township Police Department.

Officer Matthew Grunden, first responder, had to be equipped with a mask and oxygen to enter the apartment. He then filed a criminal affidavit charging Abner with felony aggravated cruelty to animals, cruelty to animals, and neglect of animals. In his report Officer Grunden described the "overbearing” foul odor of Eagle's decaying body and remarked that it appeared to be melting into the floor. The floor was feces laden and was also buckling from urine-saturation.

Humane Officer Patrick Noll estimated that Eagle may have been dead for as long as a month, an estimate that was confirmed when Pennsylvania State Animal Diagnostic Laboratory performed a necropsy concluding that Eagle was partially mummified.

Cumberland County issued an arrest warrant for Shawn Abner and he was arrested by Topeka, Kansas police officers and detained pending his extradition to Pennsylvania for arraignment in Cumberland County.

At the time of this alert, Abner has not yet been extradited to Pennsylvania, but his extradition is in the works. If convicted, Abner faces up to seven years in prison and a possible $15,000 fine for aggravated animal cruelty and additional fines for misdemeanor charges of cruelty to animals and neglect of an animal.

No one should escape the gravest of penalties for such horrendous suffering that slowly and painfully sucks the life out of any sentient creature.

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