Eastern State Penitentiary in Philadelphia, PA is famous for housing many infamous criminals, but their strangest inmate by far was a dog.
Pep the pup, AKA inmate #C-2559, was paw-cessed on August 12, 1924 on charges of killing Pennsylvania Governor Gifford Pinchot’s wife’s beloved cat.
All charges aside, Pep the pup wasn’t treated like a normal prisoner. He became a mascot for the prisoners to boost morale and he chilled out in the deputy warden’s quarters while getting plenty of exercise in the yard.
In 1926, two years after his in-paw-ceration, Pep received a statement to the New York Times clearing his name.
Today he even has a plush version of himself in the Eastern State Penitentiary gift shop!
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