PITTSBURGH — Charges were filed Monday against a West Virginia man accused of abandoning a dog at Pittsburgh International Airport last week, authorities said.
According to a news release from the Allegheny County Police Department, David Mittelberger Sr., 68, of Windsor, was charged with abandonment of animals, neglect of an animal and cruelty to animals.
Police found the dog, named Mikey, apparently tied to a pole in a short-term parking garage at the airport, WTRF-TV reported.
Police believe that Mittelberger was traveling to California, but authorities have been unable to contact him, according to WPXI-TV.
Tips helped police verify that a man seen with the dog in surveillance video was Mittelberger, according to the television.
“It’s been determined Mikey has an active infection in his mouth and requires significant dental care,” police said in the news release. “We are working with the state dog warden and Animal Friends to secure a court order allowing Mikey to receive the proper care.”
Authorities said they were gratified by residents’ concern about the dog’s health but added that he was currently not up for adoption, WPXI reported.
“There is no excuse for leaving your pets behind,” police said, according to WTRF.