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Sunday, Feb 12, 2012County: Hudson
Alleged: Gary Burgess, Jr.
Jersey City police shot and killed four dogs that were running loose and fighting early yesterday morning, Hudson County Prosecutor Edward DeFazio said.
Police responded to the area of Old Bergen Road and Seaview Avenue on the report that six unleashed pit bulls were fighting in the street shortly after 5 a.m., DeFazio said.
DeFazio, who was notified of the shooting because police weapons were discharged, said that several police officers responded to the scene and "numerous shots" were fired at the dogs.
Four of the animals were shot and killed, the prosecutor said. There were no reported injuries to people, he said, describing the situation that police confronted as "very dangerous."
Police arrested the owner of the dogs, Gary Burgess Jr., 29, of Wegman Parkway, who was at the scene, and charged him with animal cruelty, resisting arrest, and aggravated assault on a police officer, police spokesman Lt. Edgar Martinez said.
Jersey City Animal Control Officer Joe Frank told police that some of the dogs showed signs of neglect and that his office also intends to file charges of neglect and animal cruelty against the owner, Martinez said.
Martinez declined to provide further information about the incident, saying the investigation is in the hands of the Hudson County Prosecutor's Office.
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