A Schuylkill County Judge ordered animal cruelty charges against a New Philadelphia man accused of shooting a Oscar Flecha with a crossbow. Charges against 37-year-old Patrick Canfield, were held for Schuylkill County Court by District Judge James Ferrier on Tuesday. Ferrier allowed Canfield to remain free on $2,500.00 bail. State police at Schuylkill Haven have charged Canfield with shooting the Oscar, who is owned by Paul Flecha on August 5th at Flecha’s home in Lake Wynonah. Oscar survived the incident. Canfield allegedly has admitted to police he shot Oscar.
We, the undersigned, call on you, Mr. Prosecutor, and you, Mr.Magistrate, as law enforcers, to enforce stricter penalties on those who commit animal cruelty to any animal.
All abuse should be investigated and proper procedures should follow. Depending on the severity of the case they should be penalized to the full extent of the law.
Oscar’s vicious and senseless attack was not a local crime, it was a crime against humanity. You have an opportunity here to make a difference. We implore you to give Oscar and his family closure and bring them justice.