Albany Cop Busts Puppy Abuser

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An Albany police officer arrested a 22-year-old area resident after witnessing the man swinging a 9-week-old puppy around by its leash.

Officer William Pierce said he saw Patrick Gray swing the pit bull mix puppy at least 10 feet in the air several times before letting it drop to the sidewalk on its head.

After arresting Gray, police said Pierce examined the shaken dog, named Roscoe. Roscoe was vomiting and had sustained an injury to his right leg, so Pierce had Animal Control take him to Central Vet for a proper exam.

Roscoe is expected to make a full recovery in the care of the Mohawk Hudson Humane Society in Menands, but he won’t be up for adoption any time soon: when he recovers, he’ll be going home with Officer Adam Brace. Brace was wrapping up a shift at the Center Station when Roscoe was first brought in. After a brief play session the two hit it off, and Brace decided that Roscoe deserved the safety of a loving home after his unfortunate ordeal.

Gray was arraigned at Albany City Court Friday morning and was charged with torturing an animal.

8 thoughts on “Albany Cop Busts Puppy Abuser”

  1. Don’t put that guy in jail just swing him around a few time landing on his head. Wont hurt is brain as it is already damaged.

  2. Hats off to Officer Pierce who caught this idiot and saved the poor puppy … may Roscoe have a long and happy life with Officer Brace :)))

  3. Roscoe I hope that you and new Officer/Rescuer/Protector have a long and happy life together. I hope that your abuser gets a big fine, jail time, and probation.

  4. Is it me or does it seem there is an alarmingly increasing rate of animal abuse going on? I wish this officer the best and commend him for taking action and saving this beautiful little dog. I know Roscoe will have a very happy life with him and will be forever loyal to him for saving him from this idiot. I hope they throw the book at him!

  5. MISDEMEANOR? You have got to be freaking kidding me. This is felony animal abuse, and the POS should be given the maximum punishment. End of story.


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