- Associated Press - Thursday, January 30, 2014

SCRANTON, Pa. (AP) - A judge in northeastern Pennsylvania says a man who drew national outrage when photos of his duct-taped dog surfaced is allowed to own animals.

The Pocono Record (https://bit.ly/1n1uVVh) said Pike County Judge Joseph Kameen denied county prosecutors’ request Thursday to ban 27-year-old Russell Seese from owning or caring for animals for two years.

The judge did approve the prosecutors’ request to impose the $1,000 mandatory minimum fine for animal cruelty. Kameen imposed a $500 fine when sentencing Seese in December.

Seese was charged last March after police found his dog, Lexi, in a chicken coop with her muzzle and legs duct-taped.

Investigators said Lexi was injured and left with no food or water. She was taken by an animal rescue group and will be available for adoption when fully recovered.


Information from: Pocono Record, https://www.poconorecord.com/

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