Video leads to animal cruelty charges against city official


WILKES-BARRE, LUZERNE COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) — Police charged a Wilkes-Barre city official after they say a video showed him “violently” attacking two dogs.

According to the Wilkes-Barre City Police Department, they were called to the 200 block of South Main Street for a report of animal abuse.
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A witness told police that she recorded video of a man, later identified as Darren Snyder, 46, abusing his dogs on August 4, as stated in the affidavit.

Eyewitness News obtained video taken by the witness of Snyder allegedly abusing his two dogs.

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Investigators say the witness told them she has seen Snyder abuse his dogs while walking them.

In the video recorded by the witness, police say Snyder is seen “violently” pulling a small dog, lifting it by the leash until the dog is completely off the ground by its neck, and kicks the dog multiple times, according to court documents.

Authorities say in the video, Snyder tries to lift a larger second dog by the neck with the leash but was unsuccessful, however, he was seen kicking, and stomping on the dog’s back until it sat down.

The witness also said she saw Snyder kicking his dog two days early hard enough to hear the dog’s jaw clap closed from inside her work building, according to police.

Darren Snyder is the current Wilkes-Barre City Controller. Snyder has been charged with cruelty of animals, and disorderly conduct.

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Tracy Lubeck

This man should be procicuted to the fullest extent of the law and lose his job. There really should be a site like Megan's Law for animal abusers that they have to register on. If there already is id like to know what it is

Kevin Wheeler

and he even showed up for work today and they did not send him home wonder what he does to his kids if he does that to dogs

James Koloski

Im starting to NOTICE that big shot people do alot wrong things. And they have great jobs. But me!!!!!! Im homeless and living in woods. Its the truth With my 2 goldies. I have back pack for myself and one for the dogs. I make sure theyre ok. We go swimming down the creek and we camp out. Ive lost alot friends cuz of my partner. He fooled me. I still love him. Now i have no one. No one wants to help me. Im deaf.


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