NE man charged with cruelty in duct-taped dog case

A resource conservationist in Pike County has been charged with animal cruelty after his mixed breed dog was found with her muzzle and legs duct-taped.

Russell Seese, 26, of Greentown, who works for the Pike County Conservation District, in northeeastern Pennsylvania, is facing two cruelty charges in the March incident, according to the Pike County Courier.

Authorities found the bound dog, named Lexi, at Seese’s residence in Green Township.

Humane Society Police Officer Marlene Metzger, who works for the Dessin Animal Shelter in Honesdale, filed misdemeanor and summary charges against Seese last week. The dog is currently under the care of a veterinarian, the paper reported.

Anyone with additional information about this case is urged to call Metzger at 570-647-0239.

Animal welfare advocates have started a Facebook page Justice for Lexi to  call for tougher animal cruelty laws in the state. A post on the page says activists are scheduling a protest at the Pike County Courthouse on May 7, Seese's hearing date.