Arrest made in dog hanging case

Arrest made in dog hanging case – owner claims that he ‘loved’ the dog

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Police in Jamestown, New York, have made an arrest in a dog hanging case. According to WGRZ News, the dog’s owner, identified as 47-year-old Robert Overton, turned himself into the authorities on Thursday afternoon.

Overton was interviewed about the animal cruelty case – he refers to himself as a longtime animal lover and claims that he loved his dog, but had to kill her because she displayed aggression towards his family on multiple occasions. Overton told the reporter that he did what he had to do to keep his family safe from harm. Overton also claims that the dog was sick – possibly with parvo.

Overton is facing a felony count of Aggravated Cruelty to Animals for killing the pit bull. The dog’s body was found hanging from a tree on Monday – prior to the arrest, the authorities had reached out to the public for tips in the cruelty case.

Prior article about this situation here.

(screenshot via WGRZ News)

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15 replies
  1. Barkley's Mom says:

    If your dog is sick and showing aggression and you fear for your family’s safety, the way to get rid of your dog is NOT hanging the poor thing. Take it to a shelter to be euthanized at the very least!. Animal lover? No animal lover could hang the dog he loves, he would do the right thing by it and have it humanly euthanized! He better be “facing a felony count of Aggravated Cruelty to Animals for killing the pit bull”, he better get a good stiff punishment!

  2. Adrienne says:

    Scum and a liar. Easy way for him to get rid of his dog. Didn’t think he’d get caught. Put him in jail and throw away the key

  3. Marni Montanez says:

    Several red flags. First of all, people heard this guy beating the dog before he hung him up. If this man was so afraid of the dog and it was a life or death situation, why was he able to beat the dog and the dog not retaliate. Second, the first time this dog bit, was the time to correct the dog without beating him. Third this dog was sick and he didn’t get medical treatment? No, the way he handled this was not love. It was frustration, anger and ignorance .

  4. Rob says:

    What a coward to hang an innocent dog, he should have put the rope around his own neck. These people should be facing stiff jail time, it’s absurd that we can’t do a better job with our laws to defend these animals. There are many other options to deal with an unwanted dog, hope he rots in hell!

  5. Sue says:

    He should join the closest police department. They always need new excuses for hanging their K9’s to unconsciousness behind the scenes, in the event that they get found out, and the denials don’t work anymore.

    “You don’t know what it takes to train a K9” is getting pretty old and worn out. Mr. Overton could bring some new ideas to the table.

  6. Chris-John Evans says:

    He is a born liar there are a lot better & kinder ways to end animal life Pasco is treatable aggression is also the owners irresponsibly to sort out He says he is animal lover ???? F***ing liar hang him but slowly or garot him !!!! Bastard

  7. Nancy Raymond says:

    I believe not ONE word of this toothless bastard’s BS – he is only attempting to make excuses for his cruelty. His actions deserve a jail term – I hope the prosecutor and judge see through his lies – no way did this poor dog deserve this act of vicious cruelty – this subhuman maggot is just trying to get his nasty ass off of cruelty charges. I hope some street justice finds him real soon.

  8. Red says:

    DO NOT BELIEVER THIS WORTHLESS excuse for a human………he could have turned him into a vet or shelter if he needed obedience training or was ill!! HE DID NOT DESERVE to be hung!!!!


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