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Cops: Man Tried to Hang Girlfriend's Dog in Port Chester

Woman tells police boyfriend got shotgun to shoot 8-month-old pit bull.

A 20-year-old Port Chester man who was angry at his girlfriend's dog for relieving itself on the kitchen floor is accused of trying to hang the dog and hitting his girlfriend, according to Port Chester police.

Police said a loaded shotgun was also confiscated as Christopher Hyatt of 248 Columbus Ave., Port Chester, was arrested at 1:16 a.m. Thursday. Hyatt's 18-year-old girlfriend said he threatened to shoot the dog as he had the dog hanging from a ceiling pipe in the basement of 248 Columbus Ave.

Lt. James Ladeairous said police went to 248 Columbus Ave. when they were called about a man with a gun threatening to shoot a dog. When police arrived, they found that an 8-month-old pit bull had been hang about a foot off the floor, with its leash tied to a pipe.

Ladeairous said that during the night Hyatt and his girlfriend had argued about the dog and that Hyatt was angered when the dog relieved itself on the kitchen floor. The girlfriend told police that Hyatt took the dog to the basement, tried to hang the dog and then got a Remington shotgun and pointed it at the dog's head.

As a relative called police, Ladeairous said Hyatt pushed his girlfriend and hit her in the face. The girlfriend suffered a cut on the lip.

The dog was released from the pipe and was not seriously injured, police said.

Hyatt was charged with attempted third-degree assault for hitting his girlfriend and he was cited for violating the state's Agriculture and Markets Law for abusing the dog. He was arraigned in Port Chester Village Court and released on $250 bail pending a hearing.

Frank B. September 28, 2012 at 03:35 PM
The animal should be sent to the dog pound, the human not the canine.
Former PCer September 28, 2012 at 04:13 PM
What an idiot! The puppy is only 8 mos old. It should be removed from the home!
GG September 28, 2012 at 05:19 PM
When will people learn that it is the owner not the dog that needs the training. Take the dog out of that house now before it can be abused anymore.
Amazing1740 October 02, 2012 at 09:25 PM
$250 bail for trying to murder a dog and punching his girlfriend in the face multiple times? That is why things like this happen. Not enough punishment.

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