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Case ID: 957
Classification: Fighting
Animal: dog (pit-bull)
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Monday, Mar 10, 2003

County: New Haven

Disposition: Open

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Three pit bulls that had been trained for fighting were seized by police from the basement of an abandoned house in the Hill neighborhood, authorities said. 

A fourth animal was shot to death by police after it attacked another dog that was being walked by a young boy through the neighborhood.

Neither the boy, who police said was about 10 years old, nor his dog was seriously injured.

The attack happened on the morning of March 10, 2003 in the area of 59 Elliott St. when the aggressive dog charged the other animal and latched onto its head, police said. The boy was injured when he tried to intervene.

Officer Hollie Miller, who runs the animal shelter, said police responded to the scene and put down the aggressive dog.

When police and animal control officers entered the basement of 59 Elliott, they found three additional animals living in deplorable conditions, she said.

The basement, where the dogs were kept, was unlit and littered with feces. There was no sign of food or water anywhere in the basement except for some overturned bowls, Miller said. The two males were tethered by 2-foot chains connected with padlocks to heavy collars. The female, which apparently was used for breeding, was locked in a closet.

At least two of the dogs showed signs of being fought.

New Haven police had made no arrests in Monday's incident but were investigating who owned the dogs. Officials at the New Haven dog pound Monday were still trying to assess what to do with the seized dogs.


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