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Monday, Feb 27, 2012County: Cook
Alleged: Robert Kazlauskas
An Orland Park man was arrested after workers at a south suburban Steger tire store saw him beating a pit bull Monday morning, police said.
The male pit, which police described as friendly and about a year old, was not injured badly during the disturbance in a parking lot outside the Scott's U Save tire store in the 3500 block Chicago Rd, Steger, according to Steger Police Sgt. Gerald Ruff.
Several store staffers called police shortly after 8 a.m. to file animal cruelty complaints after they saw 27-year-old Robert Kazlauskas allegedly beating the dog and grabbing the pit by its ear and chin, dragging him, Ruff said.
At one point, the pit tried to get into someone else's car, according to Ruff.
Kazlauskas, of the 14300 block of Pinewood Dr. in Orland Park, was arrested and charged with animal cruelty, Ruff said. He told police he'd been recently staying with his girlfriend in Steger.
The tan-colored pit was not badly injured and was examined by authorities. Kazlauskas was given a court date of March 16 at the Will County Courthouse.
The dog was returned to Kazlauskas' girlfriend, who lives less than half of a mile from the tire shop.
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