Sign: Punish Washington County Controller Who Starved Her Adopted Dog To Death

Published: December 15, 2023 at 07:59 PM Author: PENNY EIMS

Washington County, PAWashington County Controller April Sloane has been arrested and is facing felony animal cruelty charges for starving her adopted dog, Thor, to death. An anonymous tip led North Strabane Township police to Sloane’s home on December 6; investigators executing a search warrant found the body of her dead pet wrapped in a garbage bag.

Thor had been dead for nearly two weeks by the time the authorities discovered his body in the basement. A necropsy confirmed that Thor was starved to death. He had zero body fat at the time of his death, weighed just 20 pounds, and no other injuries or illnesses were detected to explain his emaciated condition.

Investigators spoke with Sloane’s 14-year-old son who told them that Thor was kept in “deplorable” conditions and he was not provided with care for days at a time. When Thor became so weak that he could not stand, Sloane’s son asked if they could take the dog to a veterinarian, but she refused. A veterinary hospital is located just 500 feet from her home.

Sloane adopted Thor from the Washington Area Humane Society in April 2021 when he was just a puppy. Photos show that Thor was used during her campaign for the office of Washington County Controller.

On December 12, the animal shelter issued a public statement about Thor’s death, and Sloane’s arrest:

The Washington Area Humane Society (WAHS) is saddened by the recent death of Thor, a dog adopted from our shelter in 2021. The WAHS Humane Society Police Officer has been working closely with the District Attorney’s Office and North Strabane Police and detectives in this investigation. We appreciate their quick response to the information we received. Given the evidence in this case, the DA’s Office has filed charges against April Sloane.

Police records indicate that Sloane admitted to killing Thor, telling them that he died “due to not being properly cared for.” 

Of Note

At least seven elected officials in Washington County are pushing for Sloane’s resignation. Washington County Commissioner Nick Sherman said, “She’s not in sound body and mind, and this is a big position that she has with the controller. This is all the finances of the county, and it’s imperative that we have someone in there who understands the office and has the mental capacity to handle the large responsibility of the finances of the county.”

Justice for Thor

If you are outraged and disgusted by the suffering April Sloane inflicted on this young dog please add your name to the petition. She is charged with aggravated animal cruelty for causing serious bodily injury or death and aggravated animal cruelty for torture as well as animal neglect. Sloane’s preliminary hearing is scheduled for Dec. 19

We the undersigned demand that April Sloane be held accountable for starving her dog, Thor, to death. Thor undoubtedly suffered greatly before dying and there is no excuse for the excruciating neglect he was subjected to. This petition acts as our collective endorsement for the maximum penalty allowed by law for all charges stemming from this despicable act of animal cruelty. We stand in support of the elected officials demanding that April Sloane resign from her position.

Individuals are presumed innocent until found guilty in a court of law. Animal Victory relies upon the authorities and the court system to determine guilt or innocence.





Update 2/16/2024: Animal Victory sent petition to the judge and attorney. 

Update 2/16/2024: Animal Victory has learned that April Sloane will be formally arraigned on 02/29/2024 at 9:00 a.m. in the jury lounge before Judge Jesse Petit.

Update 12/28/2023: April Sloan was arrested and charged with two felonies and a misdemeanor. 1) Aggravated cruelty to animals – felony, 2) Aggravated cruelty to animals with torture – felony, and 3) Neglect – Misdemeanor. They are waiting for a preliminary hearing and then her arraignment. It is at her arraignment that she will take a plea. We spoke with Detective Yarish at the District Attorney’s office who is managing the investigation.  April Sloan bonded out on an unsecured bond. Case #MJ-27305-CR-0000576-2023


Punish Washington County Controller Who Starved Her Adopted Dog To Death

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18,711 Danielle M. Justice now Feb 27, 2024
18,710 Betty H. Feb 26, 2024
18,709 Laura R. Feb 26, 2024
18,708 Karen H. Sad. So wish the son had reported his mom. Please prosecute her to the fullest, if not, could her own child end up being in harms way?? Feb 26, 2024
18,707 Sheila M. I pray Jesus Christ finds all people. We the People need to restore our Constitutional Republic to one nation under God so that we can have GOOD people run for office and be GOOD role models for others in caring for resources (human, animal, and nature). PRAY! PRAY! PRAY! PRAYers and God's Blessings in Jesus Christ! Feb 26, 2024
18,706Anonymous Posing herself in a position of trust. Long term Community service to be performed in animal shelter. Justice for Thor. Feb 25, 2024
18,705 Helen L. Feb 25, 2024
18,704 Tiffaney H. Feb 25, 2024
18,703 Lena E. A person more unfit to b responsible for animals - must be hard to find. Prison must be the penalty. Feb 25, 2024
18,702 Jessica f. Feb 25, 2024
18,701 Pat D. Feb 25, 2024
18,700 Miranda M. Feb 25, 2024
18,699Anonymous Feb 25, 2024
18,698 Lynda K. i hope she went to jail for a long time / poor dog R.I.p Feb 24, 2024
18,697 Constance B. She should not be allowed to be on any county post. Feb 23, 2024
18,696Anonymous April Slone was the adult responsible for this dog. He was starved to death by her. She should be punished to the FULLEST extent of the law. As a taxpayer of Wash Co.,I pay her salary, I want her removed from her position, immediately. Feb 23, 2024
18,695 Marilyn S. Feb 22, 2024
18,694 Patricia M. Feb 22, 2024
18,693 Camilla T. Feb 22, 2024
18,692 Gina F. She needs some mental help Feb 21, 2024
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