Central New York SPCA investigators have arrested a Syracuse man in connection with a puppy whose jaw was nearly severed. Reginald J. Stepp was arrested in connection with this crime. The 6- to 8-month-old pit bull named Rockford was found in the back of Stepp’s van on June 29 by Rachel Dean, a manager at Absolute Auto and Audio in Fulton. I hope they make an example out of Stepp. The puppy had surgery and he is doing well. He will live with Rachel Dean after he leaves the hospital.
A Columbia County deputy left his partner, a 5-year-old Labrador retriever named Brutus, in his SUV with the engine off and windows rolled up. He discovered Brutus several hours later and tried to revive him; however, it was too late. His punishment was a 15-day suspension without pay. Now, if this was a regular citizen we all know the repercussions would have been much more severe.
A NC man set fire to his pit bull puppy named Red. Sheriff's spokeswoman Debbie Tanna said a woman flagged down a deputy Monday morning and said her husband had tried to set the dog on fire after the couple had argued. Tony Brian Knolle, 24, was charged with felony animal cruelty. His reason for setting fire to the dog: he was tired of caring for the animal. The puppy is in protective custody and won’t be put down.