SPCA: Frustrated worker slashed dog that disliked minorities
BY SHAWN COHEN • LOHUD.com • April 7, 2010
YONKERS, N.Y. — A man who had grown tired of the incessant barking of a dog that dislikes minorities was arrested Monday night after he slashed its face, police said.
The German shepherd lost an eye, and the suspect — who worked for an oil delivery business where the dog stood guard — was arrested on a felony aggravated cruelty charge. He also was charged with fourth-degree criminal possession of a weapon, a misdemeanor.
Andrew Owens, 58, was arraigned Tuesday in City Court after spending the night in jail. He admitted to the crime, police said.
"The dog reacts to black people, Hispanics, anyone who is not white," owner Paul Tocco said. "She always barked at him. He (Owens) was well aware the dog didn't like him, and he knew to stay away from her."