Animal Cruelty: Local Family Tragedy

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Two weeks ago, a dog was tragically killed in Chester County along Route 3. A chocolate Lab was witnessed to have been thrown out of a red four door sedan into apposing traffic and hit by at least one other car. 

You may have seen the coverage on the news as I did.  I saw a clip in passing while getting ready for dinner one night, but I didn’t catch the details or even the full report.  Had I, I would have seen how the Ardell family was deaply traumatized by the loss of a family member and that their little girl, Quinn, shared dance class with my daughter every Saturday morning.  I got the details just today as her mother Pamela told a few of us what the family was going through.  It is truely heartbreaking. 

We have a Chocolate Lab that looks very much like the Ardell’s Mugsy and that struck me when I saw the news.  I thought “How awful!” but it never occured to me that nothing would be done about the tragedy.   I cannot imagine having a piece of my family removed the way that Mugsy was taken from the Ardells.  How do you tell a 4 year old that their best friend just isn’t there anymore? 

Mugsy was 11 years old, recenly diagnosed with a disease that had caused him to lose an extreme amount of weight and yet loved life and his family.  They loved him dearly and want justice for what was done to him.

At this time there are no further leads in the case and the Ardell family is offering $2,000 to anyone who can offer information leading to an arrest. 

If anyone is aware of the events that occured on the night of Saturday, September 22nd, please contact the authorities.  Anonymous tips are absolutely welcome.

The original story was shared on CBS 3.


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