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Animals seized from Butler Township home, man charged

Two dogs and six cats were seized from a Butler Township home and one person was charged after police found them in deplorable conditions, according to police.

Phillip K. Main, 66, of Lyndora, was charged with misdemeanor cruelty to animals after officers found the animals malnourished on April 2.

According to charging documents, police received reports of a dead dog outside a residence on Atglen Street.

During their investigation, police said Main disclosed he previously had a dead dog outside as he had to wait for the ground to thaw so he could bury it. Documents showed the dog starved and frozen to death in December, after Main said he lost heat in his home.

Police said a red tick hound in the home was extremely emaciated and had long nails and a brown Chihuahua on the property also had long nails.

Documents showed neither dog had the appropriate shots and were under expired licenses.

Police said Main was also in possession of six cats, which were underweight and losing their hair.

The animals were seized around 1:20 p.m. April 2 and taken to Butler County Humane Society to receive medical treatment and appropriate housing, police said.

Documents showed Main was previously accused of cruelty to animals in February 2013, when two emancipated dogs were seized from him, and again in April 2016 when he surrendered a malnourished dog.

Main’s preliminary hearing has not yet been scheduled.

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