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Judges decide animal cruelty appeal from Mercer County man

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HARRISBURG, Penn - A Mercer County man has not only lost an appeal of his sentence for abusing a dog, he now could face a fine as well.

The Pennsylvania Superior Court has denied Shannon Clarke's appeal of a six to 18 month sentence for animal cruelty, but also ordered the sentencing judge to fine Shannon at least $500.

The 37 year old Sharpsville man was convicted last year after authorities found a dog that was supposed to be in his care wandering the streets of Sharon.  Humane officials, who named the dog Chance, say the animal had been burned with chemicals and some of it's teeth were broken. Clarke allegedly kept the dog in a basement without providing medical treatment.

One of the three judges hearing the appeal wrote a dissenting opinion agreeing with Clarke's contention that the lower court exceeded it's authority by sentencing him to prison.

There's no word on whether or not Clarke's attorneys will take the case to the state Supreme Court.

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