PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – A Pittsburgh Animal Care and Control employee is accused of severely injuring a dog.
Police say James Genco is facing multiple charges, including a felony count of aggravated cruelty to animals.
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According to police, Genco and another Animal Care and Control employee were called to the Strip District in March for two dogs left unattended in a vehicle.
In the process of taking the dogs to Humane Animal Rescue of Pittsburgh, police say one of the dogs was severely injured. The dog, which police say was a type of pit bull, sustained multiple injuries and was immediately taken to the vet for emergency care.
Genco’s attorney, Casey White, said the dog was vicious from the start.
“Right now, he’s sitting in a jail cell waiting to be arraigned,” White said.
According to the criminal complaint, it was St. Patrick’s Day in the Strip District when Genco and another officer removed two dogs left alone in an SUV. It was 50 degrees outside.
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The workers took the dogs to Humane Animal Rescue of Pittsburgh in Homewood. There, according to the criminal complaint, surveillance video captured Genco trying to remove the dog and pushing a control pole several times into the cage before he could get the loop around the dog’s neck.
The complaint says he pulled the dog off the truck, with a video showing the dog hitting the garage door and a…