Luzerne Co. man to face trial in hanging death of nephew's dog

A Luzerne County man will go to trial in the brutal hanging death of his nephew's dog.

Gino Saullo was arrested in March after the dog, a three-year old pit bull mix named Pumpkin was found bloodied, beaten and hanging from a Dumpster.

Saullo gave up his right to a preliminary hearing at a court appearance yesterday, according to WNEP-TV.

 Saullo spent two days in jail last month for failing to post $2,500 bail on the cruelty charge. 

Following the hearing, Gino Saullo, 54, denied any involvement in the dog’s death.

 “I don`t know. I`ll tell it in court,”said Saullo. “Got nothing to say. Get it out of my face. I did not kill no dog.”

Shawn Saullo says his uncle took Pumpkin for a walk a day after it scratched his step-daughter’s face.

The dog never came home.

“He comes back to the room, shows me his hand, it`s all red marks on his hand. He says that the dog ran away,” said Shawn Saullo. “I guess he took it upon himself to punish the dog. I never thought he would have or I would have never let the dog go with him.”

Court dockets do not indicate a date for trial yet in Luzerne County Court.