Pittsburgh Animal Care and Control officer charged with animal cruelty after incident with dog

A Pittsburgh Animal Care and Control officer is facing animal cruelty charges following an incident with a dog in the city’s Strip District.Police said Animal Care and Control was called to the Strip District on March 17 for two dogs who were left unattended inside a vehicle. Police said the […]

A Pittsburgh Animal Care and Control officer is facing animal cruelty charges following an incident with a dog in the city’s Strip District.Police said Animal Care and Control was called to the Strip District on March 17 for two dogs who were left unattended inside a vehicle. Police said the dogs were removed from the vehicle by two Animal Care and Control officers and taken to Humane Animal Rescue of Pittsburgh. While the dogs were being removed, one of them was severely injured. Public Safety officials said a police officer reviewed a video that was sent by Humane Animal Rescue to determine if one of the Animal Care and Control officer’s actions during the transfer of the dogs was criminal.According to the criminal complaint, the security camera footage given to police shows the officer, James Genco, walking into the garage with the dog, a type of pit bull, on a control pole. The video then showed the dog lying flat on the floor and Genco is then allegedly seen dragging the dog on the floor through the garage toward the area where the dog kennels are located. The criminal complaint also said a veterinary technician heard the struggle and saw Genco dragging the dog through the garage while it was lying flat on the floor. Police said following the injuries during the transfer to Humane Animal Rescue, the dog was immediately taken to an emergency veterinary clinic. The criminal complaint said the emergency veterinary clinic said the dog had excessive bleeding, broken teeth, a broken tail, ruptured blood vessels in both eyes and lacerations on its paws.The emergency veterinarian told police the dog was in a lot of pain and that based on the injuries, she believes ‘excessive force was used for sure.”The owner of the dogs told police that his dogs had no current injuries when he left them in his vehicle.James Genco has been charged with felony aggravated cruelty to animals and other animal cruelty charges.Public Safety officials said the officer has been on paid administrative leave since April.

A Pittsburgh Animal Care and Control officer is facing animal cruelty charges following an incident with a dog in the city’s Strip District.

Police said Animal Care and Control was called to the Strip District on March 17 for two dogs who were left unattended inside a vehicle.

Police said the dogs were removed from the vehicle by two Animal Care and Control officers and taken to Humane Animal Rescue of Pittsburgh.

While the dogs were being removed, one of them was severely injured.

Public Safety officials said a police officer reviewed a video that was sent by Humane Animal Rescue to determine if one of the Animal Care and Control officer’s actions during the transfer of the dogs was criminal.

According to the criminal complaint, the security camera footage given to police shows the officer, James Genco, walking into the garage with the dog, a type of pit bull, on a control pole.

The video then showed the dog lying flat on the floor and Genco is then allegedly seen dragging the dog on the floor through the garage toward the area where the dog kennels are located.

The criminal complaint also said a veterinary technician heard the struggle and saw Genco dragging the dog through the garage while it was lying flat on the floor.

Police said following the injuries during the transfer to Humane Animal Rescue, the dog was immediately taken to an emergency veterinary clinic.

The criminal complaint said the emergency veterinary clinic said the dog had excessive bleeding, broken teeth, a broken tail, ruptured blood vessels in both eyes and lacerations on its paws.

The emergency veterinarian told police the dog was in a lot of pain and that based on the injuries, she believes ‘excessive force was used for sure.”

The owner of the dogs told police that his dogs had no current injuries when he left them in his vehicle.

James Genco has been charged with felony aggravated cruelty to animals and other animal cruelty charges.

Public Safety officials said the officer has been on paid administrative leave since April.

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