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Highspire police officer, wife charged with cruelty to animals; he's on paid administrative leave

By Dan Miller

danmiller@pressandjournal.com

717-944-4628
Posted 8/7/19

A Highspire police officer is on paid administrative leave after being charged Aug. 1 with cruelty to animals and neglect of animals.

The status of the officer, Jeffrey Scott Levan, 52, is pending …

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Highspire police officer, wife charged with cruelty to animals; he's on paid administrative leave

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A Highspire police officer is on paid administrative leave after being charged Aug. 1 with cruelty to animals and neglect of animals.

The status of the officer, Jeffrey Scott Levan, 52, is pending the outcome of Levan’s scheduled Sept. 3 preliminary hearing on the charges before District Judge Gregory D. Johnson, Highspire Borough Public Safety Director Mark Stonbraker told the Press & Journal on Monday.

Levan’s wife, Amber S. Levan, also faces the same charges in the case, which has to do with the condition of the Levans’ pet labrador/golden mix retriever, Bruno, in Halifax, where the Levans reside, according to arrest papers State Police filed with Johnson.

Police in arrest papers allege that the Levans failed to provide the dog with veterinary care or necessary food, causing the animal to be severely underweight to where his bones were protruding “from every angle.”

State Police investigated the matter after receiving a referral over the dog’s condition on June 12 from the owner of a humane rescue shelter, according to arrest papers.

According to arrest papers, the Levans in separate interviews both told State Police they thought that the dog had cancer. However, the dog had no other medical conditions, according to a report done by a veterinarian who saw the dog after he was taken into custody by the rescue shelter.

The dog was placed on a slow feeding program and has been slowly gaining weight, according to police.