A vicious canine called Pep the black labrador was given a hefty life sentence in the Eastern State Penitentiary facility in Pennsylvania in 1924. The dog was convicted of the murder of a cat that belonged to the wife of the Governor of Pennsylvania at the time, Gifford Pinchot.4
Pep’s mugshot in which he holds an identification number around his neck clearly proves that the poor canine was indeed guilty or at least that was what the newspapers at the time claimed. He was proclaimed as the “Pennsylvania cat-murderer” at the time by a journalist who decided to frame the poor pup. The truth was that Pep was not guilty at all for the crime he was “convicted”. The story only went “viral” at the time, because of the newspaper journalist who wrote an impressively convincing article.
The truth was that Pep chewed the sofa in the Governor’s house on a regular basis and eventually became bad mannered for a household dog. The Governor Pinchot decided to give him to the Eastern State Penitentiary to bond with prisoners for therapeutic reasons. Pep became a true friend to many prisoners and remained at the prison for many years until the day he died of natural reasons.