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Police: Former New Freedom man killed Yorkie dog

Liz Evans Scolforo
York Dispatch
Earl Carl Allen

A former New Freedom man killed his girlfriend's Yorkshire terrier by kicking the dog in the head, according to police.

Earl Carl Allen gave investigating Patrolman Paul Heffner of Southern Regional Police several versions of what happened that led to the death of Leo in the North Third Street home where Allen lived at the time, charging documents state.

Allen, 52, now of Pine Street in York City, is charged with the third-degree felony of aggravated cruelty to animals/causing serious bodily injury or death and also is charged with a second-degree misdemeanor count of animal cruelty.

He was arraigned Monday, Aug. 20, by District Judge Lindy Sweeney, who released Allen on his own recognizance, court records state.

According to charging documents, a slightly out of breath Allen called his then-girlfriend as she was driving home from work about 3:45 p.m. April 23 and told her something was wrong with Leo, her 9-year-old Yorkie.

The woman, whose last name isn't in charging documents, rushed home and found Leo with a large blood clot in his ear, police said.

"Leo was motionless with his eyes open," Heffner wrote in charging documents.

The girlfriend asked Allen to drive her and Leo to Prettyboy Animal Hospital in Freeland, Maryland, where his mother works but ended up driving herself because Allen declined, police said.

Despite CPR efforts at the animal hospital, Leo died, according to police, who said the treating veterinarian determined the Yorkie's skull was fractured.

Prime suspect: Allen quickly became the primary suspect because he was the only person home at the time, according to Heffner.

He gave the officer several versions of what happened, police said.

Initially, Allen claimed he was cooking, heard the dogs in the house barking, went upstairs to investigate and found Leo lying at the bathroom door, documents state.

"His story varied then," Heffner wrote, and Allen said he was in his bedroom with the door closed when he heard barking and came out in time to see Leo run past him and collapse at the bedroom door, according to charging documents.

The next day, April 24, Allen went to the Southern Regional Police station and again denied hurting Leo, police said.

Southern Regional Police had a forensic necropsy done on Leo's body by a Penn State diagnostic lab, according to police. Autopsies on animals are called necropsies.

'Not accidental': The procedure determined Leo suffered a number of skull fractures, a brain hemorrhage, a ruptured ear drum, subcutaneous head bleeding and a bruised lung, according to charging documents. The lung injury most likely was caused by CPR, police said.

The lab also determined Leo died of blunt-force trauma that was not accidental in nature, documents state.

Leo's head injuries "are consistent with a high force injury and may have resulted from more than one impact," and crushed the top of the Yorkie's skull, documents state.

The injuries "are typically associated with very high force impacts," and not consistent with falling from a height, animal attacks or being struck by a vehicle, Heffner wrote.

Allen spoke with Heffner again on July 7 and said he had only told "70 percent of the truth," documents state, adding, "The dog is dead because of me."

He then told the officer that he was drying off from a shower and had a towel over his head when he felt hair on his feet and kicked, "because he didn't know what it was," documents state.

Showered in shoes? Allen said that "When he removed the towel from his face, Leo was lying there at the door," documents state.

Under more questioning, Allen said he was wearing steel-toed shoes — despite just having stepped out of the shower, according to charging documents.

"Allen's continued variances in his recollection indicate that (he) is still not being entirely truthful," Heffner wrote.

Allen could not be reached for comment. The York County Public Defender's Office, which is representing Allen, said an attorney has not yet been assigned to Allen's case.

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