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Wednesday, Mar 28, 2012

County: Cook

Charges: Misdemeanor
Disposition: Alleged

Alleged: Roxen Smith

A South Side man has been charged with animal cruelty after he hanged a dog by its neck from a tree, nearly killing it, police said.

Roxen Smith, 30, told police he was trying to prevent the dog from having "dementia," according to an arrest report.

Officers responded to Smith's home in the 7200 block of South Sangamon about 6 p.m. Tuesday after someone called police and said Smith was "watching a dog die by being hung from a tree," according to the report. While on their way to the home, dispatchers told the officers the dog was "about to give up and die," the report stated.

When the officers arrived, they saw Smith removing the dog from the tree, where it had been hanging by its neck with a bloody bicycle tire, police said. The dog was alive but having a hard time breathing, police said.

As officers placed the dog in the back of a squad car, Smith told them he was "working the dog out," and added, "I don't want the dog to get dementia," according to the police report.

The dog, which had suffered scratches to its face and body, was handed over to the city's Animal Care and Control agency.

Smith was charged with misdemeanor cruelty to animals and also cited for failure to have the dog licensed, police said.

The dog's condition was not available Wednesday morning.


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