Dogs placed for adoption after owners from Monroeville arrested
Pomeranian dogs kept in a home where a Monroeville man was arrested for child pornography are up for adoption.
Tina Marie Patterson, 41, of Monroeville, signed a release Oct. 24 to turn the family’s 10 Pomeranians over to municipal employees. The dogs were in the house on Foxboro Drive that she shared with her husband, Andrew, and teenage daughter.
Allegheny County police charged Andrew Patterson, 45, Oct. 16 with disseminating and possessing child pornography after investigators found more than 1,000 sexually explicit computer files depicting prepubescent children, according to court documents.
Patterson resigned from his position as a youth volunteer with Living Waters Family Worship Center in North Huntingdon.
Monroeville police also charged the couple with a count each of child endangerment after investigators encountered “deplorable” conditions, including floors covered in dog feces and the smell of ammonia and urine.
Monroeville Officer Matthew White, who filed for the seizure of the Patterson dogs, said he did so “for the protection of the dogs.” The animals are being held at the municipal animal shelter on Starr Drive.
Tina Marie Patterson described herself as having been a “hobby breeder” of Pomeranians prior to the arrest of her husband. She said that since then she has thrown away the carpets in her house and cleaned her floors as part of an effort to “get my life back in order.”
Her attorney, John Knorr, declined comment.
Gideon Bradshaw is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-871-2369 or [email protected].