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Man Kills Misbehaving Puppy Before Steelers Game

I thought we could all use a reminder of what Animal Control and Police deal with on a too-frequent basis. I hope Woodson goes to jail for a very long time, but with our lax animal cruelty laws, your guess is as good as mine.

— Kenn

By Jim McKinnon For Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

A Bridgeville man told police he killed his girlfriend’s puppy yesterday afternoon because the animal would not behave before the Steelers football game broadcast.

William Woodson, 22, is being held on $25,000 bail in the Allegheny County Jail, pending a preliminary hearing on animal cruelty at 1 p.m. next Monday before District Judge Elaine McGraw in Bridgeville.

The puppy, a 13-week-old pit bull named Flip, had been the focal point of recent arguments between Mr. Woodson and his girlfriend, Christine Gielarowski, 21, with whom Mr. Woodson lives on Jane Way.

Ms. Gielarowski still may face charges after she gave police a false name and address, then refused to identify her boyfriend as the suspect, officials said.

A witness called Bridgeville police at 1:09 p.m. after the suspect, who was supposed to have been walking the dog, instead was kicking it down the street, according to a police affidavit.

Ms. Gielarowski told police her boyfriend kicked the dog because the pup would not walk with them. When the near lifeless dog no longer was able to move, Mr. Woodson walked away from it and his girlfriend, she told police.

The witness called police after he found the animal lying limp and dying in the 100 block of Union Street. By the time police arrived, the dog was dead and Mr. Woodson was gone.

After Ms. Gielarowski gave police her real name, officers contacted her parents and learned Mr. Woodson’s name.

Police were told the suspect was at a friend’s residence. Police called the friend, who put Mr. Woodson on the phone, but the suspect refused to surrender.

Police went to the residence and apprehended the suspect as he was leaving through the back door, the affidavit said.

Mr. Woodson declined to acknowledge the reading of his rights as he was arrested. However, waiting in the cruiser at the police station, he spoke, unsolicited, with one of the officers.

According to the affidavit, Mr. Woodson said he argued with Ms. Gielarowski about buying the dog to live at their residence.

“He admitted the dog would not behave prior to the Steelers game and that he became upset at it,” according to the affidavit.

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Dog Gift
11 years ago

Ms. Gielarowski would be well advised to leave the pitiful excuse of a man, now – otherwise she might be Mr William Woodson's next victim.
But, given that she tried to cover-up for him I don't hold too much hope she'll not stay with him…

Tara Sherman Trainor
11 years ago

Just makes me soooooo sick. What about the people that saw him kicking this poor baby down the street??? Do you have no conscience to actually DO SOMETHING????!!! I would have risked everything to save the dog from such an awful death.

Tara Sherman Trainor
11 years ago

Just makes me soooooo sick. What about the people that saw him kicking this poor baby down the street??? Do you have no conscience to actually DO SOMETHING????!!! I would have risked everything to save the dog from such an awful death.

Mslizziebug
Mslizziebug
10 years ago

I think the girlfriend ought to go to jail too.. if she lied for that peice of crap she is an accomplis as far as I’m concerned. It couldn’t be news to her that her boyfriend mistreated the dog. If my boyfriend did that to one of my dogs I’d be the first one pointing him out. What the hell is wrong with all the other people who witnessed it and didn’t do a damned thing?! F’ing losers!!

RatAttackTeam
RatAttackTeam
10 years ago

Time we gave out the same to these sick A-holes!! an eye for an eye & a kick for a kick!!
They both need serious jail time!

Roadqueen-
Roadqueen-
10 years ago

I honestly …just don’t know what to say unfu..ing believable!!!!

Barney472
Barney472
10 years ago

What kind of person would hurt any animal that was not a threat to them? I think we need to get more harsher laws on animal abuse and these people need to start doing jail and prison time along with hefty fines and not allowed to have any contact with animals whatsoever. I would have stepped in no matter what the cost also. On my way to step in hopefully I would have my cell phone to call 911 if I had time. It’s sad to say but if the puppy had to live this kind of life with these people he’s better off dead than be abused daily. Laurie

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