30 January 2024- A bernedoodle looks to be deceased in Chambersburg after it was allegedly killed by a Chambersburg man early on Tuesday morning. Amire Isaiah Minnich is charged with felony aggravated cruelty to animals causing death, misdemeanor cruelty to animals, and misdemeanor neglect of animals, failing to provide vet care. Minnich is behind bars in Franklin County on $50,000 bail.
Pennsylvania State Police Troopers were dispatched to the 1100 block apartments of Hollywell Avenue around 7:30am on January 30th for a reported potential animal cruelty incident. Yelling from a person and a dog barking were coming from a neighboring apartment, according to the caller, with them fearing that a dog was being beat. While Troopers were enroute, another call was made to dispatch from the same address by a male requesting instructions on how to perform CPR on a dog.
Speaking with the caller, police learned that he had heard yelping from a dog and a man yelling for more than 10 minutes before it changed to labored breathing and additional yelling. After that, the man allegedly told police that the caller could no longer hear the dog but could hear the man who was yelling crying and saying the dog’s name.
PA Humane Police Officers were called to the scene to assist with PSP Troopers. That Humane Officer had previously received a call from an animal hospital in Hagerstown that had received a call from another woman. That original caller to the animal hospital allegedly told them that her boyfriend, Amire Minnich, had struck and killed a canine in Chambersburg.
Police spoke to Minnich and his father outside of their residence due to belief there may be physical abuse in the home and for safety reasons. Minnich reportedly admitted to striking and killing a bernedoodle dog named Diorr. Minnich, police said, told them that this all started around 6:30am due to the dog relieving itself on the flood of the home. It was at this point that police entered the home and found the dog deceased on the ground and blood coming from its mouth.
The canine Diorr was taken to a Pennsylvania veterinarian for a necropsy to be performed.
Amire Minnich is in custody of Franklin County Jail on $50,000 bail.
Sources: Docket Number: MJ-39307-CR-0000034-2024, Incident No.: PA 2024-126953