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Man Faces Felony Cruelty Charges in Puppy Death

A man has been charged after allegedly killing a puppy by keeping it in a bleach-filled bag inside a Moundsville garage earlier this week.

Philip Ewing, 31, of 1001 Sixth Street, Moundsville, was met by police around 9:30 p.m. Tuesday, when a neighbor reported that Ewing had tied a dog in a garbage bag after dumping bleach on it. At the scene, police entered Ewing’s small garage, where Ewing had a small puppy, named Duke, wrapped in a dirty towel, dead. According to police records, the puppy and Ewing both smelled strongly of bleach.

Ewing’s neighbor approached police, identifying herself as the breeder of the puppy. She offered police documentation that her dog, Zena, — the mother of Ewing’s dog — had contracted parvovirus, as well as another puppy, both of whom had died. Documents from Glen Dale Animal Hospital affirmed these claims and absolved the woman of any wrongdoing. When Ewing purchased the puppy, the dog was found to be healthy.

The neighbor concluded by telling officers that she saw Ewing putting the dog in a garbage bag, at which point he was arrested.

At the police station, Ewing allegedly confessed to pouring bleach on the dog, though he initially told police that the dog was already dead.

Ewing was charged with cruelty to animals through torture, a felony. If convicted, he faces up to five years in prison and a $5,000 fine.

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