Virginia still holding wanted man from C’dale
Dog dies after being abandoned by the suspect
A Carbondale man wanted by Forest City police on allegations he attacked and threatened a woman in Vandling, threw her cats from a secondstory window and abandoned her dog outside, remains in Virginia awaiting a preliminary hearing on a litany of charges there.
A preliminary hearing for Christopher Skorets, 19, 122 Archbald St., is scheduled for March 7, according to the Virginia Beach commonwealth attorney’s office. Police there arrested Skorets in October on charges of forcible sodomy, abduction, assault of a family member, unlawful wounding and other counts. The prosecutor’s office declined to provide further details on the circumstances of his arrest. Skorets is held at the Virginia Beach jail without bail.
Prior to that, Forest City police had been looking for Skorets on charges ranging from animal cruelty to aggravated assault stemming from several incidents in Vandling. Megan Dalrymple told police Skorets punched her in the face and threatened her, her children and her pets on Sept. 10, then kicked her and went after her with a knife and screwdriver on Sept. 15, according to court documents. During a third incident on Sept. 20, Dalrymple told officers Skorets beat her with a belt, stabbed her with a screwdriver and bit her, police said.
During another September incident, Skorets is accused of throwing seven cats from the second floor window of a Main Street home after he took Dalrymple’s dog for a walk and let the animal loose, according to court documents.
The dog was missing for several days before someone found her laying on a Vandling street. The brown beagle mix was taken to True Friends Animal Welfare Center in Bridgewater Twp., where staff thought she wouldn’t make it, said Dory Browning, executive directorof thecenter.
The dog, named Margo by
the staff, was clearly the victim of long term neglect. She was severely malnourished and dehydrated. Her nails were long and unkempt and she had several mammary tumors. Fleas infested her fur.
Instead, Margo, who was estimated to be between 13 and 14 years old, fought for her life. She went to live with Gino Setta and Sara Alwill in Ararat Twp. The couple have fostered several dogs in the past and have four of their own, Setta said. When Margo arrived, she was still greatly underweight and sick. They had to spoon feed her, Setta said.
Margo at first seemed shocked and wary, but once she realized they were trying to help her, she warmed up, Setta said. She loved being petted, spending time on the couch with people and the company of the other dogs, set ta said.
“She became such a lovebug,” Setta said. “We fell in love with her so fast.”
Unfortunately though, years of neglect tilted the road to recovery against Margo, Setta said. While she was starting to put on weight, the tumors worsened and anemia caused from long-term flea infestation took a toll, Setta said.
A few weeks ago, on the advice of veterinarians, they put Margo to sleep. While the decision was tough on the family, they’ll never forget Margo and the time spent with her, Setta said.
“The amount of time they had her, she received a lifetime of love,” Browning said.
“She had a few weeks of happy dog life,” Setta said. “She loved being a member of the family.”
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