Pair Charged With Decapitating Dog

Saturday, Sep 3, 2011  |  Updated 11:47 AM CDT
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A 16-year-old boy is accused of chopping the head off a dog and trying to pull a tooth out of its head after a dogfight on Chicago's west side last week, according to police.

The boy and a 24-year-old man who owned the dog have been charged with multiple counts of animal cruelty in connection with incident.

Police responded about 6:20 p.m. Monday to an alley in the 5400 block of West Gladys Avenue and found the headless dog, said police spokeswoman Sgt. Antoinette Ursitti.

A police report on the incident says the teen admitted to the crime. He said he left the dog in the alley, according to the report.

The teen, a Chicago resident, was charged with one felony count of aggravated cruelty to an animal and one felony count of animal torture. He is being charged as a juvenile.

While police were conducting a follow-up investigation it led to the animal’s owner, 24-year-old Derrick Hargrett, of the 5400 block of West Van Buren, police said.

Hargrett was charged in a warrant with three counts of misdemeanor cruelty to animals and three misdemeanor counts of animal owner duties.

Grand Central Area detectives are investigating.

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