The homeless man in New York City police arrested for animal cruelty on Thursday, after he stuffed his emaciated dog into a suitcase and tossed it in the trash, told authorities he was afraid he would be arrested for animal neglect if he took the dog to a veterinarian for treatment. According to the New York Daily News, the dog’s owner, Alec Litzinger, threw his dog into a dumpster on October 19th, the same day he was evicted from his lower Manhattan apartment.
The emaciated pit bull mix, named Diego, is currently under vet care and is being treated with a special diet. According to prosecutors, Litzinger left the apartment a mess – in fact the apartment manager told authorities the premises can not be rented at this time because…
“the odor of urine and feces inside the apartment was so strong that a disaster company had to come in to clean it out and … the apartment is still unlivable even after the cleaning,”
Fortunately Diego was found by a carting company as the dog’s head peeked out of the suitcase. Litzinger stated he found the dog in a closet. And now Diego is much more fortunate than in his previous life, as the litany of neglect was described by the ASPCA currently caring for the dog:
“Diego’s coat was stained and had a foul odor from prolonged contact with urine and feces. His paw pads were peeling, and he had a recent cut on one paw. His ears were scabbed, inflamed and fly-bitten, and the whiskers on his face were short and singed from extreme heat.”
Litzinger was arrested on Thursday and remains in custody on $4,000 bond or $2,000 cash for felony criminal mischief and animal cruelty charges. His alleged accomplice, Bryan Lepe, 22 is still at large.
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(Photo of homeless man via press release handout and NY Daily News)
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