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February 28, 2007

02/28/2007 AP - John L. Shafer said he had no explanation for why he left his 9-year-old yellow Lab, Merrick, to starve to death. Cumberland County Judge Skip Ebert gave Shafer, 31, of Silver Spring Twp., two chances to explain the abandonment before sentencing him to 3 to 23 months in county prison and fining him $500 on his cruelty to animalsí conviction. Ebert called the "long and unnecessary cruelty" to the dog unconscionable. An investigator said Merrick had been without food or water for two or three weeks before he died Police said Shafer left the Labrador retriever, which had belonged to his father, in an East Pennsboro Twp. apartment after he and his wife separated in April. Merrick escaped from the apartment and was emaciated and too weak to stand when a mail carrier found him June 24, police said. Bees had built a nest in a tumor that bulged from the dog's side. Merrick died as he was being taken to a veterinarian. A necropsy showed the dog died from dehydration and starvation, police said.

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