Parents Arrested After Girl Rides in Dog Cage on Turnpike

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A girl in an animal cage rose concerns along Pennsylvania’s major highway yesterday.

Two parents face charges after authorities say motorists spied a 10-year-old girl riding in a dog cage in the back of a pickup truck.

The Pittsburgh Tribune Review reports police say it happened around 7 p.m. Monday on the Pennsylvania Turnpike in Millvale, just outside Pittsburgh. Authorities say they responded after getting reports from motorists who saw the girl riding in the back of the truck in the cage.

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Her mother, 29-year-old Abbey Carlson, and stepfather, 30-year-old Thomas Fishinger, are now facing charges of endangering the welfare of a child. Police say they told them the girl had said she wanted to be with the dog.

Reliable telephone listings for the couple could not immediately be located and it wasn't clear if they had an attorney.

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